Nuclear Scans in Heart Failure


Nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose or treat a variety of diseases. In this podcast, Dr. Vasken Dilsizian explains how nuclear imaging can be useful in determining the cause of chest pain and analyzing how the heart is working. In an interview with Bill Seiler, Dr. Dilsizian, who is chief of the division of nuclear medicine and director of cardiac PET imaging at the University of Maryland Medical Center, says nuclear imaging shows unique information about the heart. He describes how nuclear imaging is used to diagnose heart failure and coronary artery disease and what nuclear scans reveal about heart function after a heart attack. Dr. Dilsizian is also a professor of medicine and diagnostic radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.