Nuclear tests help diagnose heart and coronary artery disease by revealing function, as opposed to other tests that simply show the appearance of bodily organs and structures.
Safe and painless, nuclear testing involves the injection of tiny amounts of radioactive substances into the body, which can then be traced with a special camera and analyzed by computer.
Cardiac SPECT (single photon emission computer tomography) is one of these nuclear diagnostic testing tools.
SPECT allows Dr. Diego to perform the following analyses:
- to identify blockage or narrowing of the coronary arteries
- to determine whether a patient has suffered a heart attack in the past
- to help predict which patients are at risk for heart disease
- to assess the patient’s response to treatment