cardiac positron emission tomography

Cardiac positron emission tomography, also known as a PET scan, is a non-invasive nuclear imaging technique. It uses cross-sectional images and radioactive tracers to evaluate for adequate blood flow to the heart muscle during rest and when the body’s metabolism is activated by the use of the drug dipyridamole. The scans are used to diagnose the extent of coronary artery disease in impacting adequate blood flow.

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