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

Our Ultrasound, MRI, Nuclear Cardiology, Nuclear Medicine and CT departments are proud to be an accredited facility of the American College of Radiology (ACR). Earning this designation means:

  • We have voluntarily gone through a rigorous review process to ensure that we meet nationally accepted standards
  • Our staff is well qualified through education and certification to perform and interpret your imaging
  • Our equipment is appropriate for the test or treatment you will receive
  • Our facility meets or exceeds quality assurance and safety

Feinberg Pavilion
251 E. Huron St., Eighth Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Galter Pavilion
675 N. Saint Clair St., Eighth Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

A physician order is required for nuclear cardiology testing. To schedule an appointment with the Nuclear Cardiology and Stress Lab call 312.926.8662.