What is cardiac nuclear medicine nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose and determine the severity of or treat a variety of diseases including many types of cancers heart disease gastrointestinal endocrine neurological disorders and other abnormalities within the body because nuclear medicine procedures are able to . Cardiovascular nuclear medicine a subspecialty of nuclear medicine and cardiology uses noninvasive techniques to assess blood flow evaluate heart function determine the extent and location of a heart attack assess inflammation within the heart muscle and vessels and investigate potential infection in the heart. Cardiovascular nuclear medicine your heart receives blood from vessels called coronary arteries cardiac stress imaging tests are designed to determine if there are any blockages in your coronary arteries how severe they may be and if there has been any damage to your heart from blockages in your arteries. The main task of nuclear cardiology and nuclear medicine is not the representation of anatomy as in traditional diagnostic radiology rather it is the non invasive visualization of functional metabolic processes. Nuclear medicine is a branch of medical imaging that uses small amounts of radioactive material to diagnose a variety of diseases diseases diagnosed with nuclear medicine include many types of cancers heart disease and certain other abnormalities
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