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How Long Does a MUGA Scan Take?

A MUGA Scan, or Gated Blood Pool Scan, is one of the most widely used diagnostic procedures performed to evaluate the function of a heart’s ventricles. The scan usually consists of a small dose of radioactive substance and captured images of your beating heart in order to identify any inconsistencies or abnormalities in blood pumping.The procedure itself involves two intravenous injections that allow your heart specialist to tag red blood cells with a radiotracer. The tagging takes approximately twenty minutes to complete and will allow the camera to examine the blood flow to the ventricle of your heart. Then, three EKG leads are placed on the chest. Our camera will capture between one and three images of the heart at different angles. Each picture will take approximately ten minutes. In total, the MUGA scan requires around one hour to complete.