MUGA Cardiac Scan

A MUGA Scan is performed to observe heart wall motion and function.

How do I prepare for the exam?

No preparation is needed for this exam.

What can I expect during the exam?

This exam is conducted by a specially registered technologist in molecular imaging.

The technologist will draw blood through an IV and tag it with a radioactive tracer. The tagged blood is then re-injected 30 minutes later.

You will lie on the exam table, placed on a heart monitor, and views will be taken of the heart.

The exam will last about 90 minutes total.

What can I expect after the exam?

Unless your physician tells you otherwise, you may resume your normal activities after your molecular imaging scan. If any special instructions are necessary, you will be informed by a technologist, nurse or physician before you leave the molecular imaging department.

Your scan will be read by a Radiologist specially trained in molecular imaging. A written report will be sent to your physician, who will contact you with results.