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Myocardial perfusion imaging is used to assess the blood flow to your heart wall muscle (myocardium).
This test is used to assess the blood flow to your heart wall muscle (myocardium) using a radioactive tracer. There are two parts: the ‘stress’ where the heart is stressed by exercise or medication and the ‘rest’ scan. The test identifies differences in the blood flow to your heart wall muscle between ‘stress’ and ‘rest’ that may be causing your symptoms.
Myocardial perfusion scans can identify potential signs of coronary artery disease (CAD ), specifically obstruction. They are also used to look for heart attack damage.
The costs of a myocardial perfusion scan are covered by most medical insurance policies, but please check with your insurer first. If you are paying for your own scan, please ask for the cost of the procedure to be explained when you book the appointment.