Cardiac Nuclear Scanning

The cardiac nuclear scan is used for detecting any problems with the heart such as:

  • A portion of the heart is not getting enough blood.

  • A portion of the heart has died.

  • The heart wall is not working well enough.

  • The heart is not pumping enough.

It is a procedure in which radioactive material is injected and a scanning device is used to determine how much of the radioactive material is being absorbed by portions of the heart.

PREPARATION FOR TEST

A short fasting period may be required prior to the test.

NORMAL FINDINGS

Normal myocardial ejection fraction and coronary perfusion.

Ranges for normal findings may vary among different laboratories and hospitals. You should always check with your doctor after having lab work or other tests done to discuss the meaning of your test results and whether your values are considered within normal limits.

MEANING OF TEST

Your caregiver will go over the test results with you and discuss the importance and meaning of your results, as well as treatment options and the need for additional tests if necessary.

OBTAINING THE TEST RESULTS

It is your responsibility to obtain your test results. Ask the lab or department performing the test when and how you will get your results.