What We Do
Nuclear cardiologists are heart specialists with advanced training in various forms of noninvasive imaging that can help identify cardiovascular disease. Our physicians have multiple board certifications, in specialties including cardiology, nuclear cardiology and internal medicine.
Conditions We Evaluate
Nuclear cardiology studies can determine how well the heart pumps blood, whether there is narrowing or blockage of the arteries, and if the heart muscle is damaged, such as by previous heart attack. Tests can detect silent heart disease, determine whether symptoms are caused by cardiovascular disease, and help pinpoint the best possible forms of treatment.
Tests We Perform
Patients who undergo nuclear cardiology testing have a small amount of a safe radioactive substance (radionuclide) injected into a vein. A scanning device called a gamma camera tracks the energy released by the radionuclide to evaluate heart function and myocardial blood flow, visualize the size and location of a heart attack, assess a patient’s condition after angioplasty or bypass surgery, and help predict the risk of a future heart attack. Our nuclear cardiologists perform a variety of tests, including:
- Myocardial perfusion imaging (nuclear stress tests)
- Viability studies to assess the extent of heart attack
- Radionuclide cineangiograms (RNCA/MUGA studies)
Why We Are Different
Our board-certified nuclear cardiologists utilize the latest noninvasive diagnostic tests, and perform imaging studies with the highest diagnostic accuracy. Results are delivered promptly, enabling physicians to determine the most appropriate forms of treatment.