Nuclear Cardiac Services

Nuclear medicine applies advanced techniques to enable cardiologists to make well-informed decisions about patient conditions and their treatment. This specialty of cardiology uses radioisotopes to diagnose many heart-related diseases and conditions.

UT Medical Center offers state-of-the-art nuclear assessment of cardiac function and evaluation of ischemia. (Ischemic patients are those with angina, chest pain or other signs the heart is not receiving adequate blood.) Doctors with expertise in cardiac imaging utilize special equipment and techniques to evaluate heart function and diagnose the extent of certain diseases.

Two common diagnostic and interventive treatments used in Nuclear Medicine include the myocardial perfusion scan (stress test) and ventilation and perfusion scan (VQ Scan). A cardiac stress test is a procedure performed on patients with chest pain or other types of angina. This test helps in diagnosing cardiovascular disease. Additionally, cardiac stress testing provides the surgeon with vital information about coronary blood flow before a patient undergoes the stress of surgery. A VQ Scan is utilized to detect the presence of pulmonary emboli. These are just two of the many procedures performed in the Nuclear Medicine Department.

Call 865.305.6970 to schedule an appointment.