MultiGated Blood-Pool Imaging Scan
What is the doctor looking for?
A MUGA scan (MultiGated blood-pool imaging scan) is a test that examines how well your heart is pumping.
What is the test?
The test is also known as a multigated graft acquisition, cardiac blood-pool imaging, and equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography. A MUGA scan uses a special substance that “tags” red blood cells so they can be identified. A special camera then counts these cells during numerous cardiac cycles, and generates an image of your heart chambers and the larger blood vessels leading to and from it. First, you will be placed on a table and a technician will begin an intravenous (IV) line. This allows technetium, a radioactive substance which helps “tag” the red blood cells, to be sent through your bloodstream. You are then hooked to an ECG monitor, and asked to lie very still. The technician and physician will use a special camera to view images of your heart on a screen, and store them on a computer for later interpretation.
Where are the tests done?
A MUGA scan is performed in a hospital, with a technician and physician present.
May I eat or drink?
What about medications?
You should take your medications as prescribed.
Will I have an IV?
Do I need special clothing?
What should I bring to the test?
How long does the test take?
A MUGA scan takes approximately 30-45 minutes, from the time the IV is started to the time the test is complete. Afterward, you will be released and may return to normal activities.
When will the results be ready?
Results are generally available to your physician within 24 hours.
Tell your doctor/nurse if you have …
Any symptoms you are experiencing.
Will the test make me sick or sleepy?
No. Although the scan itself is painless, some people experience discomfort or pain when the IV is inserted.
Will I receive any radiation during the procedure?
What if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?
Notify your physician, as this test may not be appropriate.