Nuclear Perfusion Stress Testing

Nuclear Perfusion Stress Testing

What is Nuclear Perfusion Stress Testing?

A nuclear perfusion stress test checks to see how blood flows through your heart muscle. A tracer is injected through an IV and a camera scans the tracer in the blood as it flows through the heart muscle before and after you exercise on a treadmill. This is called an Exercise Nuclear Perfusion Stress test. If you are unable to exercise on a treadmill, a drug is used to substitute for exercise. This is called a Pharmacological Nuclear Perfusion Stress test.

Nuclear Stress Test Instructions
Lexiscan Nuclear Medicine Instructions

During your nuclear stress test

You will first have scanning pictures taken while you rest.

To increase your heart rate will get your heart you will exercise on a treadmill for several minutes or if you are unable to exercise on a treadmill you will be given a medication.

When the exercise is over, you will have a second set of pictures taken.

After your test

Ask when you may eat and if you should take any medicine you were told to skip. Report any symptoms you feel like chest pain, shortness of breath and dizziness. The tracer leaves your body within hours.

If you have any concerns or questions, please feel free to contact our nuclear center.

Important Notices

48 HOURS NOTICE is required for all cancellations; otherwise you will be charged a cancellation fee and the cost of the isotopes ordered specifically for your test. In the event you fail to follow instructions, your test may be cancelled and fees applied.

Written orders/prescription for this test is required prior to performing all testing. If your insurance requires a referral, please obtain one from your primary care physician. All may be faxed to 571.323.3980 (Reston office) or 703.641.0383 (Fairfax office).

Test Locations

Cardiac Care Associates PC
1830 Town Center Dr. Suite 405
Reston, VA 20190
Phone: (703) 481-9191
Cardiac Care Associates PC
3023 Hamaker Ct. Suite 100
Fairfax, VA 22031
Phone: (703) 641-9161
Cardiac Care Associates, PC
224 D Cornwall St Suite 306
Leesburg, VA 20176
Phone: (571) 209-5490