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PET-CT of the heart

Circulatory problems due to occlusions or high-grade constrictions of coronary vessels result in insufficient blood supply to the cells of the heart muscle. This type of scan detects these insufficiently perfused, yet vital areas with an intravenously injected radioactive substance. Cardiologists can reactivate the heart muscle tissue based on nuclear-medical imaging.

About the appointment

We offer this examination at the following locations in Vienna.
  • PET-CT cancer diagnostics
  • Immediate appointments
  • Private institute

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Requirements for a PET-CT of the heart muscle tissue

  • Examination costs are not covered by statutory health insurers. Some private health insurers cover parts of the costs, and you should certainly submit our fee note to your private health insurer.
  • Please bring any previous findings and images to your examination.
  • An individual tracer is produced for your examination depending on the medical condition.
  • If you are unable to keep the appointment, we would like to ask you to inform us at the latest by noon on the previous day; a cancellation fee will otherwise be charged.

Important information

  • Please bring any previous findings and images to your examination.
  • Please arrive at the examination nil by mouth.
  • A possible pregnancy must be ruled out.
  • Please inform us while making the appointment if you are a nursing mother so that we can discuss the further procedure with you.
  • Contact with pregnant women and toddlers should be avoided on the day of the examination.

Procedure for a PET-CT of the heart muscle tissue

  • A PET-CT of the heart muscle tissue takes 20 minutes; preparation time varies depending on the blood glucose level.
  • We inject a small dose of radioactive tracer substance that has been specifically prepared for your examination while also giving you a sugar solution to drink and administering insulin if necessary as well as the medication acipimox.
  • You should drink plenty of liquids post-examination in order to accelerate the excretion of the tracer.
  • Please let us know if you suffer from claustrophobia.

Waiting time for an appointment

Appointments with short waiting times are possible.

Costs & reimbursement

PET-CTs are currently not listed within the benefits catalogue of statutory health insurers and therefore only covered through private health insurance.
Our fee notes can be submitted in any case to all private health insurers that cover outpatient services.

Various tracers are used depending on the condition. We will gladly inform you about the costs during a personal consultation.

We ask you to, at the latest, cancel your appointment at noon on the day before the examination since tracers are specifically prepared for each examination.
A cancellation fee is charged in case of late appointment cancellation or if the examination cannot be performed.//