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May 12, 2016 bchc-news

BCHC Introduces Cardiac Nuclear Medicine

Buchanan County Health Center is pleased to now offer cardiac nuclear medicine, more commonly called ‘stress tests’ as an extended service of the Radiology and Cardiac Rehab Departments.  A nuclear stress test measures blood flow to a patient’s heart during times of rest and stress, as a result of exertion or medication.

“After several months of training and interdepartmental coordination, we are excited to offer nuclear stress tests.  Adding this service provides our patients with additional opportunity for close to home care and quality services,” commented Radiology Manager, Julie Till.

Before the test begins, a Nuclear Medicine Tech will administer a small amount of radioactive dye into the patient’s bloodstream along with administering an isotope to take pictures of the patient’s heart resting and after exertion.  This test provides detailed information about the blood flow into the patient’s heart for the diagnosis of heart conditions.


Prospective stress test candidates may contact their family physician or cardiologist to obtain this service.  For additional information and services, please visit www.bchealth.org or follow Buchanan County Health Center on Facebook.

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