Nuclear Medicine: Heart Scans

The heart is a muscular organ divided into four chambers that are responsible for pumping blood throughout blood vessels by repeated, rhythmic contractions. The heart is one of the most vital organs in our bodies. Nuclear Medicine cardiac studies use trace amounts of chemicals to diagnose and treat many types of heart conditions and abnormalities.

Exams use a noninvasive and painless method to take pictures of your heart’s structure and function, including the heart’s pumping action and blood flow to the heart muscle at rest and during activity.

There are several types of cardiac studies offered at Sacred Heart’s Nuclear Medicine facility, including:

  • Myocardial Perfusion Imaging (MPI)
  • Viability MPI
  • Multiple Gated Acquisition (MUGA) Scan
  • First-Pass (Left-to-Right Shunt)
  • Right-to-Left Cardiac Shunt