Pyrophosphate Myocardial Study

You have been scheduled for a pyrophosphate myocardial study, which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and will not make you feel any different.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
You will be intravenously injected with a radioactive tracer and asked to return three to four hours later for the scan. Once in the scan room a camera with two or three special detectors on it called a gamma camera will be placed near your chest. Images of your chest will be taken at different angles. Following these images a SPECT scan will be done. During this scan the two or three detectors rotate around your chest and make a three dimensional image of your heart. This gives the doctor information similar to a CT or MRI. Claustrophobia is not usually a problem. The scan takes approximately one hour and fifteen minutes.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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