Nuclear Cardiology Overview

Nuclear Cardiology

Nuclear Cardiology Overview

Northwestern Medicine Nuclear Cardiology imagingNuclear cardiology is a safe, painless imaging method that uses very small amounts of radioactive tracers to provide detailed information about the structure and function of your heart. 

A special camera creates a digital computer image by tracking the tracer you'll receive during the procedure.

These images help us identify heart disease or damage from previous heart attacks, and help determine your risk for future heart attacks.

Nuclear cardiology testing can measure your heart function and help your cardiologist determine your diagnosis and treatment options. Nuclear cardiology tests may include:

  • Myocardial perfusion imaging (pharmacologic and treadmill) for coronary artery disease
  • Treadmill stress tests