What to expect during a cardiac PET
When you begin the cardiac PET at our heart center in Plano, a small IV line will be placed in a vein in your arm. The IV will allow us to inject a small amount of a radiopharmaceutical so that the PET camera can take pictures of the heart. You will be asked to lie on a scanning table made especially for the PET camera.
A blood pressure cuff will be placed around your other arm to monitor your blood pressure during the test. Electrodes will be placed on your chest to monitor your electrocardiogram throughout the test.
You will lie on your back with your arms above your head while the camera takes images of the blood flow to your heart from many different angles. During this process, regadenoson will be injected for stress images. The pictures are stored in digital form on a special computer.