Myocardial perfusion imaging uses a radioactive tracer to assess myocardial blood flow.
A myocardial perfusion scan allows us to visualise the perfusion (blood flow) to the heart muscle through your coronary arteries. In order to complete the test, we obtain an image of this blood flow under both “rest” and “stress” conditions. This helps determine whether your heart muscle is receiving adequate blood flow when it is needed. The difference in the blood flow between these two states provides information about the function of the coronary arteries.
To allow us to visualise blood flow, we inject a radioactive material called a radiopharmaceutical into a vein and then image its distribution throughout the heart muscle. This radiopharmaceutical should not have any side effects and you should feel normal following the injection.
This examination can take approximately 4-5 hours. As much of this time is spent in the waiting room, patients are advised to bring reading materials or other appropriate activities to keep themselves occupied during the non-examination time.
When you arrive for your examination, you can expect the following procedures to occur as part of your examination:
Our dedicated cardiac nurse will call you in the days prior to your appointment to go over what specific preparation instructions you need to follow.
Once the examination is complete, your films and report will be automatically, electronically transferred to your doctor once completed, there is nothing to wait for or pick up.
Bone Mineral Densitometry (BMD) is an examination used to detect osteoporosis and osteopenia.
Interventional examinations are minimally-invasive procedures using medical imaging guidance.
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