Cardiac PET - Rubidium-82 (Rb-82) - Myocardial Perfusion
A minimally invasive diagnostic test that effectively and accurately shows how well blood flows to the heart muscle. Cardiac PET uses the FDA-approved radiopharmaceutical Rubidium-82 (Rb-82) which has a sensitivity or accuracy of 96% in diagnosing Coronary Artery Disease.
We are pleased to be the first PET center in the north east to offer the newest, most accurate and minimally invasive technology for imaging of the heart, Cardiac PET - Rubidium-82 (Rb-82).
After equivocal thallium or sestamibi (cardiolite) spect study
Discordant clinical, ECG, and Myocardial Perfusion spect results
To accurately image men/women with large breast mass and with a BMI < 31 (otherwise it's difficult to accurately image).
Patients with a history of global heart disease
Rubidium Check List:
____ 1. Obtain signed order from referring physician with requested scan and diagnosis
____ 2. Obtain supporting clinicals - clinical should include one of the following conditions:
BMI Greater than 40
Asymptomatic patient who has established coronary artery disease who has not undergone Cardiac PET or Cardiac Catherization within the past three years
Patient who has established coronary artery disease with recurrent atypical symptoms
Patient with symptoms consistent with myocardial ischemia to diagnosis or exclude coronary artery disease
Contact our customer service staff for your specific instructions.
Consult with your physician about going off beta-blockers for 48 hours and calcium blockers for 24 hours before the test.
Do not eat or drink 6 hours prior to your exam. (Diabetics, please consult your physician prior to the exam).
No caffeine for 24 hours prior to exam, including: chocolate, sodas, and teas coffee, Excedrin. Refrain from decaffeinated products that contain small doses of caffeine.
Please bring a list of all medications.
Wear comfortable clothing.
Bring signed doctor's order.
Bring prior scans or images, insurance co-payment and photo identification.
Day of the Exam:
The technologist will explain your procedure and answer any questions you might have.
You will receive an intravenous injection (in your vein) of a radiotracer material.
The level of radioactivity is extremely low with no side effects.
You will lie flat on your backon a comfortable table.
Using a special open scanner, pictures of your body will be obtained. The scanner does not produce any radiation.
How Long is the Exam?:
The actual scan takes only 50 minutes; however, a radiotracer is administered through IV injection so prepare to be at the center for 2-3 hours.
After the Exam:
There are no limitations following the exam and you can return to your normal daily activities.
Results will be sent directly to your physician, who will then contact you.
Covered by most insurance companies. For a complete list, contact customer service at 301-441-9696.