At Mount Sinai Heart New York Palm Beach, we employ noninvasive techniques to assess myocardial blood flow, chart the pumping function of the heart, and pinpoint the size and location of heart attacks. Myocardial perfusion imaging is used to get a sense of the function of the patient’s heart.
Diagnostic nuclear imaging also looks at physiological processes rather than anatomical structures. In nuclear imaging, short-lived radiopharmaceuticals (radioactive drugs that emit gamma rays) are injected into the bloodstream. The nuclear camera takes an image of the pharmaceutical as it enters and concentrates in various tissues or organs. By tracing this blood flow activity, the resulting image tells your physician about the biological activity of the organ and the surrounding vascular system.