PHYSICIANS

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AFFILIATIONS

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TREATMENTS

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SPECIALTIES

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CONDITIONS

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PATIENT RESOURCES

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Heart Diagnostic Tests

 
 

Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scan

A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is used to take detailed pictures of the heart muscle to help diagnose coronary artery disease or assess the damage caused by a heart attack. In this test, your doctor will place sticky pads called electrodes on your chest, arms, and legs to record your heart’s activity during the test. A radioactive substance will be injected into your arm. You’ll lie on a table connected to the PET scanner, which will slide you into the machine. The scanner will take several scans over time. A cardiac PET scan can take up to 3 hours to complete.