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Safety of Nuclear Cardiology Tests

Nuclear cardiology tests are very safe. Serious complications of the stress medication or exercise are very uncommon.

Relatively minor side effects include brief mild shortness of breath, headache, flushing, abdominal and chest discomforts. These medication side effects can be quickly resolved with a cup of coffee or infusion of a low dose of a caffeine like medication.

The radiation exposure is minimal, and is equivalent to the amount of natural background radiation from the earth and space one receives living in the USA for one to three years (appx 3 – 10 mSv).

Who to contact

To schedule nuclear cardiology tests at URMC Cardiology, please call us at (585) 275-6169.

For advice on cardiac testing, contact Ronald G. Schwartz, M.D., M.S., Director of Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac PET CT at 273-4340 (direct) or email