Nuclear Pharmacologic StressTest
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When a patient is unable to walk on a treadmill, can be used as a substitute for exercise. Your EKG and blood pressure will be monitored before, during, and after the drug infusion. Nuclear images will be taken at rest and after the medication infusion.
What to Expect
This test has two parts. In the Nuclear Medicine Department you will receive an injection of a radioisotope. There will be a resting period to allow the radioisotope to circulate then nuclear images will be obtained. The second part of your test, in Cardiac Imaging will entail obtaining a brief health history, completing consent forms, setting up for an EKG, having an IV inserted, and receiving the medication ordered by your physician. You will then receive a second injection of the radioisotope. Again, there will be a resting period to allow for circulation of the radioisotope. The test will conclude with a final set of nuclear images. The total test time will be approximately 3 hours. The results of your test will be available to your physician within 24 hours.
What to Do
You may not eat, drink, or use nicotine for 4 hours prior to your test. You must avoid all caffeinated foods and beverages for 24 hours prior to your test, including chocolate, cola and decaffeinated products.
Please wear comfortable clothing that is easily removed above the waist. Pre-register by phone 2 days prior to your test by calling 847.492.6900. If you have a written physician order bring that with you on the day of the test along with a list of your current medications. Continue taking your medications as prescribed unless instructed otherwise by your physician.
Where to Go
Pre-registered patients may go directly to the Nuclear Medicine Department.
If you have not pre-registered over the phone you should arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment and report to the Registration Department. You will be asked to provide billing and insurance information.
You may pre-register by phone 2 days prior to the scheduled test by calling 847.492.6900.
This test is available at the following locations:
For further information please contact us at any one of our locations and our staff will be happy to assist you.