Myocardial Perfusion Scan
WHAT IS A MYOCARDIAL PERFUSION SCAN (MPS)?
A MPS is a Medical Imaging Scan used to look for Coronary Artery Disease. The scan assesses how well blood is flowing through your heart
A MPS can also be called a Sestamibi Scan, MIBI, Thallium or Stress Nuclear Medicine Scan.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A MPS?
There are 3 parts to a MPS.
Part 1. Rest Scan: When you arrive for your MPS you will have a small injection of a radiotracer. The injection should not make you feel any different. You will then have a scan of your heart at Rest. The scan takes approximately 10-15minutes.
Part 2. Stress Test: This can be performed on a treadmill, with medication or a combination of both. The attending Doctor will discuss which is the safest option for you on the day of the MPS. An ECG will also be performed and your Blood Pressure will be monitored. You will also have a second injection of the radiotracer. This part of the test can take between 20-60 minutes.
Part 3. Stress Scan: To complete the MPS you will have another scan. This scan takes approximately 10-15 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES A MPS TAKE?
The test can take 2-4 hours.
PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR A MPS?
- Stop All Caffeine for 24hours prior to test. This includes tea, coffee, chocolate, milo, cola/coke drinks.·
- Fast for 4 hours prior to test but you can have water.·
- Please inform staff if you currently taking a medication call Asasantin. This may need to be ceased·
- If you are diabetic or asthmatic please notify staff prior to your appointment.·
- Please make staff aware if you think you maybe pregnant or breast feeding.
WHEN WILL MY DOCTOR RECEIVE MY RESULTS?
Your Referring Doctor will receive your results within 48hrs.