Heart Health with Cardiac Imaging
The Cardius® series of imaging systems utilizes advanced solid-state technology to perform a procedure that evaluates the health of the heart muscle. This procedure, known as Myocardial Perfusion Imaging, also called Nuclear Stress Testing, helps evaluate the heart for evidence of coronary artery disease (CAD). The perfusion imaging with a Cardius system is very comfortable because it allows the patient to sit upright. Most other perfusion imaging systems require the patient to lie down on a narrow table which can create unnecessary discomfort for many patients.
CAD is the build-up of fatty materials in the arteries of the heart. CAD may prevent the muscle from receiving adequate blood supply during stress or periods of exercise. This frequently results in chest pain which is called angina pectoris. Perfusion imaging usually consists of stress and rest tests. Images are taken of your heart while at rest and after exercising or under stress. This allows your physician to compare blood flow during stress and rest.