Cardiovascular Institute showcases new nuclear stress test system
For those suffering from heart-related symptoms, you may have been asked by your doctor to take a nuclear stress test to look at blood flow and heart function.
Officials with the Cardiovascular Institute in Panama City say they’ve made advancements in making those stress tests easier on patients.
The institute is using a new digital camera to collect sharper images of the heart at rest and after exercise.
Officials say in addition to being a more comfortable test, it’s also quicker than before.
Doctor Michael Morrow with the Cardiovascular Institute said, “The scan times for this camera would be in the range of five to seven minutes, depending on how we set up the study. With other cameras, you may have a 20-minute scan laying on your back or with your arm over your head, in positions that are not always comfortable for people.”
Officials also say since its installation in December, the new system has brought down the number of false-positive tests.