About Your MUGA Scan

Very Important Points

  • Let us know immediately if there is any chance you might be pregnant or if you are breast feeding.
  • The complete testing procedure takes approximately 1-1/2 hours from start to finish.
  • There are no preparations for the test. However, please drink plenty of fluids for it will make it easier for you to tolerate this test.
  • If you suffer from claustrophobia please let us know right away.

What will happen during this test?

You will be called back by our Nuclear Technologist and you will have an IV placed in your arm.

After the IV is in place the technologist will draw a sample of your blood. That blood will be mixed with a tracer and ½ hour after the blood was drawn it will be injected back into the arm. This will allow the technologist to take a series of pictures of your heart.

You will be asked to lie on your back with your arms over your head while the camera takes three sets of pictures of your heart from all angles.