Cardiac-Specific PET Imaging
Heart disease is the number-one killer of men and women in the United States,
making early detection critical for timely and proper cardiac treatment.
Positron emission tomography (PET) gives cardiologists a clear view of
the heart without invasive procedures. During a PET image, a patient is
injected with a small amount of radioactive tracer. The blood stream carries
the material to the heart where a special camera shows a detailed picture
of the heart and the heart’s blood flow. Healthy muscles show more
of the material indicating good blood flow while less-healthy areas will
show less absorption.
This type of PET imaging is the most accurate test available for assessing
the impact of cardiovascular blockages in patients who may be at risk
for heart attack.
The non-invasive new PET image takes less than an hour.