Nuclear Stress Test
A nuclear stress test produces images of the heart during exercise and at rest. The test shows how well the blood flows into the heart.
During this test, the patient is injected with a small dose of a harmless tracer that a special camera can detect as it passes through the chambers of the heart. The patient spends time exercising on a treadmill and then rests. The images of the heart during exercise and at rest are then compared, which can reveal issues in the heart muscle and blood vessels including coronary artery disease.