MEDICAL CENTER DÜSSELDORF
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In myocardial/heart scintigraphy, the circulation of your heart muscle, or myocardium, is depicted through the use of low level radiation. This examination allows us to detect any dysfunction in circulation at an early stage and optimally monitor existing diseases.
Myocardial scintigraphy begins with a stress test in which your circulation is stimulated. The stimulation is performed with a physical test on a bicycle ergometer. After a 45 minute break for breakfast, we use a special gamma camera to take an image of the blood flow to your heart.
The purpose of this special camera is to determine and display how the radioactive substance is distributed in your body. We can thereby diagnose any anomalies quickly and precisely and determine how well the blood flows to your heart.
The myocardial scintigraphy is then repeated while you are in a resting state. By comparing the two images, we can arrive at an accurate diagnosis.
You are in a seated position during the exam. Because the test is performed with an open camera, it is also suitable for patients with claustrophobia. In order to have results ready for you as quickly as possible, both parts of the test are generally performed during one appointment. The entire exam takes approx. 3.5 hours.