Nuclear cardiology is a term used to tests that use small amounts of injected radioactive material to obtain information about the heart. These tests, often called a scan, will produce information about the function of the heart and the condition of coronary arteries. The radioactive materials used in the tests are very safe, because they rapidly change into a non-radioactive form.
With this technology, developed in the 1960s and 1970s, the nuclear cardiologist may assess the heart muscle and determine if a patient has coronary artery disease. At Jefferson Regional Medical Center, nuclear cardiologists have access to new state-of-the-art dual-head nuclear cameras at the new Jefferson Regional Medical Center Heart Center as part of our Heart and Lung Care program.
For more information about Nuclear Cardiology at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, call 412-469-7000.