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Myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is a non-invasive way to detect and assess coronary artery disease. It can help your doctor determine how severe your coronary artery disease might be and how much of your heart is affected.
The test uses a radioactive material (a radiopharmaceutical) which is usually injected into an arm vein and allows us to obtain images of your heart. A gamma camera is used to examine how well the radiopharmaceutical has been taken up by your heart muscle.
This exam is performed over two days:
The radiopharmaceutical is excreted from the body through your urine. Keeping hydrated and voiding frequently will help eliminate it from your body.
Both your rest and stress study will be processed and then reviewed by a nuclear medicine radiologist. Your referring practitioner will receive a copy of the following:
We will do our best to get the results to your doctor by the next business day.
This exam is covered under your Alberta Health Care Plan. It is not currently offered at our Saskatchewan clinics. In certain circumstances (e.g., scuba diving or pilot’s license), you may be required to pay for the exam.
Please ensure that you bring your requisition with you to your appointment.
Day 1: 1.5-2 hours
Day 2: 2-4 hours