What questions should I ask my doctor about a radionuclide angiogram?

The following questions can help you talk to your physician about having a radionuclide angiogram. Print out or write down these questions and take them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your physician’s response when you get home.
  • What symptoms or test results indicated that a radionuclide angiogram might be beneficial?
  • What information can a radionuclide angiogram give us about my heart health?
  • Will my radionuclide angiogram be an “exercise” test or a “resting” test?
  • Do I need to have an empty stomach before the procedure? Should I withhold any of my medications? Are there any medications that I will need to take?
  • How much radiation will I be exposed to during the test?
  • What happens next if the scan shows that my heart is not pumping as much blood out of the lower chambers as it should?