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Cardiac PET/CT Now Available At Decatur Memorial Hospital To Help Doctors Diagnose Heart Disease Non-Invasively


A revolutionary new heart test called Cardiac PET/CT is now being offered at Decatur Memorial Hospital in the fight against heart disease.

DMH is the only hospital in Illinois that offers this state-of-the-art technology to its patients.

Cardiac PET/CT Perfusion is a scan of the heart that uses a diagnostic imaging agent to detect the presence and/or extent of heart disease. It allows DMH cardiologists to diagnose heart disease non-invasively using the highest level of diagnostic detection that is available today. It produces images that are less likely to be distorted by conditions of the patient’s body, such as obesity.

“Cardiac PET/CT is the gold standard of imaging tests in determining the viability of restoring blood supply to heart tissue,” said Madhu Jyothinagaram, MD, Cardiologist, Illinois Heart Specialists at Decatur Memorial Hospital. “Clinical studies have demonstrated that Cardiac PET/CT is superior when it comes to identifying heart disease, making this test the most reliable non-invasive heart imaging technology available.”

Other non invasive heart tests may produce “false positive” reports, resulting in further invasive, sometimes unnecessary, diagnostic tests such as cardiac catheterization. Cardiac PET/CT gives doctors similar results that a more invasive cardiac catheterization test would give. It is a valuable test that is used to determine if a patient has heart disease, the severity of the disease, and what treatment is recommended.