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Left Ventricular Function Imaging (MUGA)

A MUGA (multigated acquisition) scan looks at the function of your heart, especially the ability of your heart muscle to pump blood to the rest of your body and the size of the ventricles which are the pumping chambers of the heart.  During the test, a nuclear medicine technician will inject a small amount of radioactive medication (called radiotracer) into a vein in your arm.  This medication contains a small amount of radioactivity which is not harmful.  This radiotracer will attach itself to the red blood cells in your body so that we can see how the blood flows through your heart.  You will be asked to lie very still on the examining table while a special nuclear camera (called a gamma camera) takes pictures of your heart.

No preparation required.

General Campus (Nuclear Medicine and PET imaging)
501 Smyth Road
Main Level
Telephone: 613-737-8395
Hours: Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From the main entrance, follow the signs on the main level (located at the main elevators). Patients may also ask for directions at the Main Information desk.

Last updated on: November 18th, 2016