Electrodes

Small, flat, sticky patches that are placed on your chest.  The electrodes are attached to an EKG monitor that charts your heart’s electrical activity during the test.  Your blood pressure, heart rate, and electrocardiogram will be monitored before, during, and after the test.

Rubidium 82

This is the radiopharmaceutical that is used during your cardiac PET scan.  The tracer is not a dye or contrast.  The short half-life of Rb-82 results in minimal radiation exposure and enables a far briefer test, reducing the scan time to only 25-35 minutes.

Lexiscan

Replaces the physical act of exercise and elicits the same response from your body that would occur if you were exercising.  Images are taken before and after the Lexiscan injection and then compared for differences.

PET Scanner

During your PET scan, the majority of your body is outside the scanner; this is not a full-body scan like a CT or MRI.  If you’re claustrophobic, please take your medication 30 minutes before your scan.  Please let your doctor know if you are unable to lie on your back or hold your arms above your head

PET – Heart.org

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CardioGen-82

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Lexiscan

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