“Nuclear cardiology is an important non-invasive modality, which can help ascertain viability of
the heart muscle by measuring the myocardial perfusion deficit. A stress myocardial perfusion
can give this important piece of information to the cardiac surgeon performing angioplasty or
bypass surgery,” says Dr. GN Mahapatra, Consultant and Head of Nuclear Medicine and PET
from Seven Hills Hospital, Mumbai.
New innovations in Nuclear Cardiology help plan a treatment by detecting a vulnerable plaque,
which can block a major coronary artery.
Talking specifically about major advances, Dr. Mahapatra says, “A stress myocardial perfusion
scan with a PET perfusion imaging agent is better than the stress thallium myocardial perfusion
scan. A gamma camera called D SPECT gamma camera gives the image quality of a myocardial
perfusion scan using comparatively lesser radiation.”