NEWS & INSIGHTS

Nuclear Cardiology

Sep 10 |
  1. Patient may have a light breakfast/lunch (e.g. toast, jam, fruit, juice, water) but do not eat anything for 1 hour before your test.
  2. Discontinue all caffeine products for 24 hours before your test. This includes all tea/coffee, decaffeinated tea/coffee, pop, chocolate, Tylenol 2 & 3 and/or medications containing caffeine.
  3. Insulin-dependent diabetics should take their insulin and eat a light meal 1 hour before the test.
  4. Wear loose-fitting clothing (e.g. t-shirt, track pants, athletic shoes, etc.).
  5. Bring a list of all your current medicati Check with your physician regarding the discontinuation of any heart medications (e.g. Beta-Blockers, such as Metroprolol or Atenolol, as well as Calcium Channel Blockers, such as Diltiazem or Verapamil).
  6. Do not take erectile dysfunction medications (e.g. Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc.) for 48 hours before your test.

MYOCARDIAL PERFUSION IMAGING consists of 2 parts:

  1. Rest Study – Takes approximately 1.5-2 hours and consists of an injection followed by imaging.
  2. Stress Study – Takes approximately 2-2.5 hours and consists of a stress test, injection and imaging.