Cardiac Amyloid Scan

WHAT IS IT?

An amyloid scan is used to determine the anatomy and function of your heart in order to note the extent of amyloid deposits. Amyloid deposit is a build-up of an abnormal protein in the body that can make it difficult for the organs and tissues to work properly.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • There are two appointment times for this scan.
  • The first appointment lasts for 30 minutes and consists of an injection of the tracer into a vein in your arm or hand, which is like having a blood test. The second appointment, three hours later, lasts for approximate 45 minutes and is when the images are acquired.
  • You can leave the hospital and return between the two appointments.
  • You will be lying down for your scan, but you will not be totally enclosed.
  • You will be okay to drive after this scan.