A positron emission tomography pet scan of the heart is an imaging test that uses specialized dye to allow your doctor to view problems with your heart the dye contains radioactive tracers . Hybrid imaging of positron emission tomography pet together with computed tomography ct is rapidly emerging in cardiology this new advanced hybrid imaging modality allows quantification of cardiac perfusion in combination with assessment of coronary anatomy within a single scanning session of less than 45 minutes. A pet scan of the heart is a noninvasive nuclear imaging test it uses radioactive tracers called radionuclides to produce pictures of your heart doctors use cardiac pet scans to diagnose coronary artery disease cad and damage due to a heart attack . Practice guidelines list the recommendations and practice guidelines of professional organizations regarding the use of rubidium 82 nitrogen 13 ammonia and f 18 fluorodeoxyglucose for cardiac pet and pet ct imaging are summarized on the following pages for indications approved by the centers for medicare and medicaid services cms 1. A heart pet scan can detect whether areas of your heart muscle are receiving enough blood if there is heart damage or scar tissue in the heart or if there is a buildup of abnormal substances in the heart muscle
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