Resting Wall Motion Study (MUGA Study)

You have been scheduled for a Resting Wall Motion Study (MUGA study,) which involves the use of a small amount of radioactive material. The level of radioactivity used is extremely low and will not make you feel any different.

Preparation for the procedure:
There are no pre-exam instructions. Please inform the technologist if you are pregnant or breast feeding. The imaging may be changed, or special instructions given based upon that information.

What to expect:
Once in an injection room a technologist will draw some blood from you. Approximately thirty minutes later you will move to a scan room where you will lie on a table and a special detector called a gamma camera will be placed near your chest. Your radiolabelled blood will be injected back into you and images will be acquired that will show a motion picture of your heart beating. The images will take approximately twenty minutes. This gives the doctor information about the percentage of blood your heart pumps with each beat. Occasionally an additional three dimensional image will be acquired where the camera will rotate around you. This image takes twenty minutes.

The images will be reviewed and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss these results with you and explain what they mean in relation to your health.

Your questions and comments:
call (805) 563-5870.

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