Nuclear Cardiology allows your physician to detect blockages in the heart’s blood vessels. Using radioactive substances combined with exercise or pharmacologic stress, pictures are generated to determine how the blood flows to your heart muscle.
Nuclear Cardiology services provide a key tool for the diagnosis and management of adults with heart disease. The following services are available:
- Exercise and Rest Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (also called a MIBI, Cardiolyte, Myoview, or Thallium stress tests) assesses coronary artery disease via treadmill stress testing and can detect blockages significant enough to prevent adequate blood flow to the heart during exercise. These tests also identify damage done to the heart from prior heart attacks and also provide an assessment of the contracting performance of your heart.
- Pharmacologic Stress Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (Adenosine stress test or Regadenoson stress test) uses medications to simulate the physiologic effect of exercise in those who are unable to perform on a treadmill test. In addition to the inability to exercise, there are some cases, such as in patients with pacemakers or abnormalities on their electrocardiogram, when this type of pharmacologic stress test may provide better information than an exercise evaluation.
- Radionuclide Ventriculography (also called a RNV or MUGA test): the noninvasive ability to evaluate the contraction pattern and strength of your heart. This is often used to follow patients with weak hearts (cardiomyopathy) or to evaluate and manage the dosage of drugs which might damage the heart such as some chemotherapeutic agents.
*Drs. Meizlish, Kunkes, Taikowski, Casale, Schussheim, Gordon, Tuohy, Pollack, Fisher and Krichavsky are credentialed to read these test via certification by the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology. Dr Meizlish is separately board certified in Nuclear Medicine.
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*Drs. Casale, Fisher, Gordon, Krichavsky, Kunkes, Meizlish, A. Pollack, B. Pollack, Schussheim, Taikowski, and Tuohy are credentialed to read these tests.