Nuclear stress testing, is a non-invasive nuclear, radiation-based imaging procedure used to evaluate for abnormalities in coronary artery blood flow.
Red blood cells traveling through coronary arteries are responsible for delivering oxygen to the heart in order for the heart to function appropriately. Abnormalities, or blockages, in these arteries may exist due to coronary artery disease and impair necessary oxygen from reaching the heart.
This test is used to assist physicians in the diagnosis and management of coronary artery disease.
A resting second scan of the heart is performed. The images obtained from the first and second scans are then compared and interpreted by your physician. Images are able to provide detailed information about the function of the heart, movement of the heart, and blood flow to the heart.
The patient is monitored by electrocardiogram throughout the procedure and the entire procedure is completed within 2-3 hours.
Results of the procedure are typically available within 5 business days