Stress-first Myocardial Perfusion Imaging

Nasir Hussain, Matthew W Parker, Milena J Henzlova, William Lane Duvall
Cardiology Clinics 2016, 34 (1): 59-67
Stress-first approaches to myocardial perfusion imaging provide diagnostically and prognostically accurate perfusion data equivalent to a full rest-stress study, save time in the imaging laboratory, and reduce the radiation exposure to patients and laboratory staff. Converting a nuclear cardiology laboratory from a conventional rest-stress strategy to a stress-first approach involves challenges such as the need for attenuation correction, triage of patients to an appropriate protocol, real-time review of stress images, and consideration of differential reimbursement.

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