When you are
planning on going in for a cardiac SPECT exam, there are some
critical questions that you should ask your doctor to make sure that
the procedure is safe and effective. This blog post lists 3 questions
to ask that will help ensure that your visit goes smoothly.
What Type of
Equipment Will Be Used During Your Exam?
There are three
major types of cardiac imaging equipment while applying for cardiac
SPECT exam: catheterization, CT angiography
(CTA), and magnetic resonance. A physician will recommend the best
type for your exam based on their experience with different models or
what is medically appropriate for your test.
How Long Does the
Whole Process Take?
The length of the
procedure depends on what type is being conducted. For example, a
catheterization will take an hour or two while CTA can last up to 90
minutes. If you’re going in for an MRI it can take three hours
minimum plus another 30-40 minute wait time after your scan ends
before you are discharged from hospital care.
What Do You Need
to Bring With You?
The physician will
let you know the specific requirements for your exam. For example, if
it is a cardiac MRI then they’ll need to give their approval before
proceeding with any additional preparation that may be needed like
fasting or taking certain medications prior and after imaging as well
as having an IV line placed in order of delivery drugs during the
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