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Nuclear Imaging for Evaluation at Drexel Cardiology

Drexel nuclear cardiologists maintain a state-of-the-art nuclear technology laboratory. Nuclear imaging is used for:

  • Risk assessment – to evaluate a person's risk of having heart problems
  • Diagnosis – to detect various forms of heart disease, including the extent and severity of coronary artery disease
  • Pre-operative evaluation – to assess a patient for cardiac surgery
  • Post-treatment follow-up – to determine the results of treatments to restore adequate blood flow to the heart

About Nuclear Cardiology Studies

Nuclear cardiology studies—such as myocardial perfusion imaging (stress test), which shows whether the heart muscle is receiving an adequate supply of blood—provide detailed information that guides our cardiologists in making short- and long-term care decisions. Nuclear imaging studies help our physicians decide on the proper procedure and choices for a patient. These procedures may include heart surgery, coronary angiography, or angioplasty. In some instances, the results of a nuclear study can help patients avoid unnecessary surgery, or possibly receive a life-saving procedure.

The information on these pages is provided for general information only and should not be used for diagnosis or treatment, or as a substitute for consultation with a physician or health care professional. If you have specific questions or concerns about your health, you should consult your health care professional.

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