Nuclear Imaging Stress Test
What is an Nuclear Imaging Stress Test?
A Nuclear Stress Test is used to detect the presence of coronary artery disease. This test is similar to a routine exercise stress test except it provides pictures called nuclear imaging of your heart in addition to EKG tracings. When you first arrive, our nuclear technician will place an IV in your arm and inject a radioactive substance into your bloodstream. A special camera produces clear pictures of the heart on a monitor, and pictures are taken both at rest and after exercise.
How do I prepare for a Nuclear Imaging Stress Test?
- Please allow 3-4 hours for this test.
- Wear comfortable clothes and tennis shoes.
- No caffeine or nicotine 24 hours prior to the test.
- Do not eat or drink anything after midnight prior to the test.
- Do not take your morning medication, bring them with you.
- If you are taking blood pressure medicine, you may take this at your regular scheduled time.
- If you are diabetic please call our office for further instructions.
- Asthma patients should always bring their inhaler with them for this test.
- Tell your doctor if you might be pregnant.