Nuclear Cardiology

Another non-invasive diagnostic tool, nuclear cardiology studies use small doses of radioactive material to assess myocardial blood flow, metabolism, and viability. The Nuclear Cardiology Program at USC is noted for its expertise in the statistical methods that demonstrate the efficacy of this approach. Using single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), our program provides state-of-the-art diagnoses for patients with coronary artery disease. Among the most important applications of nuclear cardiology is the evaluation of risk for patients with chest pain and those about to undergo major surgical intervention.