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Nuclear Medicine Muga Cardiac Blood Pool

A multigated acquisition (Muga) scan examines the lower chambers of the heart that hold blood to check whether they are pumping blood properly using a GE Entegra Nuclear Medicine gamma camera. The scan shows any abnormalities in the movement of the blood through the heart. For the exam, the patient is injected with a red blood cell tagging medication called PYP (pyrophosphate), wait 20 minutes, and is then injected with 25 mci nuclear agent Tc99m tech. The scanning begins after the second injection and lasts about 40 minutes while the patient is connected to a heart monitor.

 

What to expect during the procedure:

  • Patient’s will be asked to lie still on a table while a gamma camera positioned over the chest obtains the necessary images