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Nuclear imaging of the heart uses radioactive tracers injected into the body to produce images of the heart. This helps doctors evaluate the heart’s function and diagnose different heart conditions.
Cardiac nuclear imaging at Valley includes:
- SPECT (single photon emission computed tomography) imaging: Advanced SPECT cameras are used to evaluate chest pain and coronary artery disease. SPECT imaging and MRI of the heart are also used together to help doctors diagnose amyloidosis of the heart, an important cause of heart failure.
- Myocardial PET/CT (positron emission tomography/computed tomography): PET/CT imaging is offered for the evaluation of myocardial viability and fibrosis.