Multiple Gated Acquisition Scan (MUGA)
The MUGA scan is a very useful noninvasive tool to evaluation the pumping function of the heart. The MUGA scan produces a moving image of the beating heart.
What to expect during a Multiple Gated Acquisition Scan
After disrobing from the waist up, you will be given a gown and asked to lie down on an exam table under a gamma camera. Electrodes are attached to your chest for an electrocardiograph (EKG) monitor. The EKG helps with the interpretation and evaluating the electrical activity of the heart. An IV line will be inserted into a vein in your arm. The test will measure how well your heart pumps with each heart beat. The computer then uses the information from the transducer and creates images which are displayed on the video monitor.
- There is no preparation for a MUGA Scan.
- Please consult your physician about any medications you may take before the test.