Nuclear imaging is a safe, noninvasive diagnostic procedure that uses small amounts of radioactive material to create images of your body’s internal organs and structures. When nuclear imaging is used to diagnose heart disease, it’s called cardiac imaging or nuclear heart scanning.
There are many reasons your doctor may recommend nuclear cardiology imaging. These types of tests are:
Nuclear cardiology imaging tests provide information that helps your doctor:
Because we have 15 hospitals and 155 clinics throughout eastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois, you can find a convenient Aurora nuclear cardiology imaging location. If you need more specialized tests, we may refer you to our main Cardiovascular Imaging Center at Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center.
When you choose Aurora for your heart/vascular imaging tests, you can expect:
We offer many types of cardiac imaging, including:
Learn more about PET scans.
It may reassure you to know that despite the “nuclear” term, this type of imaging is considered very safe. The amount of radiation you are exposed to during these tests is similar to that of a CT scan. (However, cardiac imaging is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.)
Here’s what you can expect during a nuclear imaging test:
We will send your test results to your doctor. He/she will share these findings with you as soon as possible.