Nationally Accredited
Myocardial Perfusion Laboratory
Accredited Cardiology Services In Pottsville

Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

    Using state-of-the-art computer generated reconstruction algorithms, the heart can be imaged in three dimensions to view its function and blood flow.

Some Indications:

  1. -Shortness of breath

  2. -Chest Pain

  3. -Palpitations

  4. -Prior heart attack

  5. -Diabetes and others at high risk for MI



    Nuclear Stress Testing or Myocardial Perfusion Imaging(MPI) utilizes an isotope of technetium during pharmacologic or exercise stress testing to determine the circulation and function of the heart.

    Using myocardial tracers such as Cardiolyte the heart can be visualized using a complicated imaging device called a Gamma camera.  A computer generates a 3-dimensional image using multiple slices through the heart.  The images are reconstructed to generate composite images that can show where blood flow may be lacking in certain parts of the heart. 

    This lack of blood flow can be a very sensitive way to detect blockages in the arteries that supply blood flow to the heart.  This technique can be more sensitive in locating blockages than stress testing alone.  This type of sress testing is particularly helpful in those individuals that cannot walk on a treadmill since the study can be done by using medications alone.

    The testing is very safe and has been available for many years. It is directly supervised by a nuclear cardiologist who has been doing these tests for over 25 years.  The radiation exposure is less than a CT scan and can be done in anyone except a pregnant woman.


Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

Pre-test instructions


  1. -Caffeine  and caffeine related products like tea, coffee, and chocolate

  2. -Erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra, Levitra , or Cialis

  3. -Eating after midnight, but a light breakfast is allowed if you are a diabetic or if your study is not  early in the morning

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-With your medication list

-Within 24 hours if you cannot make the appointment

-With any questions concerning your test

Avoid these medications to ensure the best possible test

Beta Blockers, Calcium Channel Blockers and Nitroglycerine containing compounds such as:  acebutolol, atenolol, betaxolol, bisoprolol, careolol, labetolol, meoprolol, nadolol, oprenolol, penbutolol, pindolol, proppranolol,sololol, timolol, amlimodipine, bepridil, diltiazem, felodipine, flunarizine, isradipine, nicardipine, nifedipine, nimodipine, verapamil, isordil, isosorbide, and nitroglycerine

  1. Wear comfortable clothing and sneakers to exercise. Button down shirt for a female is suggested.

  2. Avoid heavy meals, caffeine, tea, and chocolate

  3. Contact our office at least 3 days before the study to give us your medication list.

  4. Avoid those medications, as instructed,for 24 hours but bring them along with you.

  5. Notify us at least 24 hours before the appointment if you cannot make the appointment or a $220 fee will be charged for the Isotope that must be ordered in advance.

  6. Prepare to be in our office for 2.5 to 3 hours for the study.

Stress Test Preparation

Nationally Accredited Nuclear Cardiology Laboratory

Integrated Medical Group – Cardiovascular Laboratory

48 Tunnel Road

Suite 204

Pottsville, Pa.  17901