Imaging Center

Nuclear Medicine Heart Study

Purpose: A Nuclear Medicine Heart Study is an imaging procedure that gathers information regarding the health of your heart.

Preparation: When scheduling this examination your physician will instruct you to stay off of certain medications. You should not consume any caffeine the day of your examination. You should eat a light breakfast the day of your exam. Prior to your exam, a Nuclear Medicine Technician will explain the procedure and answer any questions you have. If you think you are pregnant, please tell the technologist before your exam.

What to Expect: Before the test begins, a radioactive isotope will be injected into your bloodstream. A resting set of images with your heart beating at a normal rate will be acquired one hour after the injection. After the resting images have been acquired, you will be taken to the clinic and EKG patches will be placed on your body. Your heart rate will be monitored as you begin the exercise portion of the test. You will be asked to exercise to increase your heart rate. If you are unable to exercise, your heart rate can be increased chemically as needed. Post-exercise imaging will begin one hour after exercising has been completed.

Post Exam Information: Your images will be reviewed by a Radiologist and the results of your exam will be forwarded to your physician. Your physician will be able to discuss the results of your exam with you.

Time Frame: Pictures will be taken over a period of 4-6 hours.

Contact for additional information: Rusk County Memorial Hospital Imaging Services Department at 715-532-5561 ext. 1244.