MUGA (Multiple Gated Acquisition)

  • No preparation for the scan is required

This test is useful before & after chemotherapy, and to assess other heart diseases. Useful to investigate left ventricular function, to assess drug effects in patients with LV disorders and to predict prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease. The study can be performed at "rest", or under "stress" conditions to examine LV response to known stress levels. A simple study can generally be completed in about one hour. 

Labeled red blood cells circulating the body are imaged in the left ventricle. At the same time the patient's ECG is used to "gate" the imaging data. The combined data are displayed as a single heart cycle and the left ventricle ejection fraction can be calculated. 


Used to assess:

Heart function Check the size and motion of the left ventricle


Adult:

Injection time: 3 to 5 mins
Waiting time before scan: 25 mins
Scan duration: 20 min


How to book

Patients will need to be referred to Nuclear Med by a referring doctor. Patients must select the specific scan/study required by their referring doctor and book an appointment at the most convenient location.

Checklist:

  • Medical aid authorisation (referring doctor to provide patient with specific ICD 10 code for medical aid authorisation)
  • Referring doctor’s name and practice number
  • Newly diagnosed oncology patients may need to register for oncology (referring doctor to facilitate registration)