Gated Blood Pool Scan / MUGA Scan
- Evaluate ventricular regional wall motion
- Quantitate ventricular ejection fraction
- Monitor cardiotoxicity of chemotherapy
- Differentiate pulmonary and cardiac causes of dyspnea
Gated Blood Pool Scan Preparation
There are no restrictions or preparations necessary for a Gated Blood Pool/MUGA scan.
Gated Blood Pool Scan Procedure
The patient will get a series of two IV injections that allow the tagging of red blood cells with a small amount of a radiotracer. This tagging takes approximately twenty minutes and allows the camera to see the blood flow in the ventricle of the heart. The patient has three EKG leads placed on their chest. The patient then has one to three images taken of the heart at different angles; each picture takes about 10 minutes. The test determines the effectiveness of the heart's pump function, and allows the physician to look at the wall motion of the heart. The whole test takes approximately one hour.