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What is a cardiac nuclear perfusion test?

Occasionally, cardiac nuclear perfusion testing is performed. In this test, a small amount of radioactive compound is injected by vein and pictures of the heart are taken to see how well blood is being provided to the heart itself and to help localize damaged areas of muscle. These kinds of tests are only ordered after a detailed evaluation by a cardiologist.

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