A multiple-gated acquisition (MUGA) scan is an outpatient imaging test that looks at how well the bottom chambers of your heart (ventricles) are pumping blood out into your body.
The MUGA scan uses a chemical compound called a tracer and an imaging device called a gamma camera to provide your doctor with images of your heart.
This scan is primarily used to see how much blood leaves your heart with each contraction, which is known as your ejection fraction. The results can help your doctor check for heart conditions if you’re experiencing abnormal heart-related symptoms.
The test is also often used to see if your heart is healthy enough for chemotherapy treatments for cancer. If this is the case, it’ll be performed before and during chemo treatments to keep an eye on your heart.
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