Cardiovascular nuclear medicine a subspecialty of nuclear medicine and cardiology uses noninvasive techniques to assess blood flow evaluate heart function determine the extent and location of a heart attack assess inflammation within the heart muscle and vessels and investigate potential infection in the heart. Cardiac nuclear medicine imaging evaluates the heart for coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy diseases of the heart muscle it also may be used to help determine whether the heart has been damaged by chemotherapy or radiotherapy nuclear medicine uses small amounts of radioactive materials . Cardiovascular nuclear medicine bertram pitt and h william strauss exciting developments in radiopharmaceuticals and instru mentation have established the field of cardiovascular nu clear medicine as an extremely useful clinical tool. Cpt 78452 under diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures on the cardiovascular system the current procedural terminology cpt code 78452 as maintained by american medical association is a medical procedural code under the range diagnostic nuclear medicine procedures on the cardiovascular system
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