Nuclear Cardiology Preparation

A written order from your physician is needed for this study.

Exercise/Pharmacologic Myocardial Perfusion Study (exam time: PET 2-3 hours; SPECT 3-4 hours)

  • Do not eat or drink caffeine products (chocolate, soda, tea, coffee or Excedrin®) for 24 hours before exam. Note: Decaffeinated products contain caffeine.
  • Do not eat or drink for 3 hours before your appointment. 
  • Drinking water is okay.
  • Consult your physician about going off beta blockers for 48 hours and calcium channel blockers 24 hours before your exam.
  • Bring all your medications or a list of them with doses.
  • For SPECT exams, wear a comfortable 2-piece outfit and walking shoes.

Why Choose the S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center for a Nuclear Cardiology study?

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center provides a full range of advanced imaging, both radiology and cardiology, as well as interventional radiology and interventional tumor (oncology) treatments to the greater Los Angeles area, including Beverly Hills, Encino, Mid-Cities, Sherman Oaks, Silver Lake, Studio City, Toluca Lake, and West Hollywood.