What is Nuclear Cardiac Imaging

If you have a heart problem, your doctor may recommend a nuclear medicine test to get a better look at your heart and gain information about your heart's function.

In this podcast, Vasken Dilsizian, M.D., explains how nuclear imaging differs from X-rays, angiograms and echocardiograms. Speaking 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, discusses how nuclear imaging can assist in the diagnosis of a variety of conditions.

He also describes what to expect when you have a nuclear scan, the safety of nuclear imaging and the use of nuclear scans in children. Dr. Dilsizian is a professor of medicine and diagnostic radiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.