How Is the Test Performed?
The tracer will be injected into
an IV that is placed in your arm. After a brief waiting
period that allows the tracer to circulate to your heart,
you will be asked to lie quietly on a special imaging table
while the camera takes "pictures" of your heart.
Then you will be asked to walk on a treadmill in order to
raise your heart rate. During the peak exercise phase of
this test, you will be given another dose of the tracer. (If
you are unable to walk on the treadmill, you will be injected
with medication which will increase your heart rate WITHOUT
requiring any exercise.) Immediately after you complete
the exercise portion of your test, you will again lie on
the table while the camera records another set of images.
The entire stress-testing procedure will take
approximately two hours. The two imaging portions will take
approximately 20 to 30 minutes each to complete. To ensure
accurate imaging while you are lying on the table, you are
asked to remain still and breathe normally.
If you would like more details about the procedure,
the staff at Macomb Imaging Center or your physicians office
will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Why Is It Important to
Keep My Appointment?