When your doctor wants a closer look at a bone or organ in your body, they order a CT scan. But that test is unable to provide images of your circulatory system. The arteries, veins, and vessels that pump blood to and from your organs and muscles are too small to be picked up by most diagnostic tests. That’s where the Cardiac PET Scan comes in.
The Cardiac PET Scan uses radioactive material to give your cardiologist a clear visual of the veins and arteries in your body. During the test, a radioactive tracer is injected into your bloodstream and creates a visual outline of the heart and associated structures that allows your doctor to see areas of disease or concern. It takes time for the substance to make its way through your system, so the technician will ask you to wait for about an hour. During that time he or she will apply electrodes to your skin and prepare for the diagnostic portion of the exam which is an Electrocardiogram (EKG).
The Cardiac PET Scan is completely safe and requires no recovery time. After the test is complete, most people can return to their normal routine.
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“Heart Disease runs in my family so I came in for a risk assessment. I’m so glad I did, they found some issues and dealt with them before I had a serious cadiac event.”