Waitematā DHB Cardiology Services
Public Service, Cardiology
Cardiac Nuclear Testing
This test examines blood flow to the heart muscle using stress testing and a chemical known as a “tracer”, which is a short-lived radioactive agent. This scan is especially useful in determining whether heart artery disease is limiting blood flow, in assessing patients prior to major surgery, and in investigating patients with possible angina.
A limited number of cardiac nuclear tests are funded by Waitematā Health, and tests are carried out by New Zealand Medical Imaging.