• What is a MUGA?

    Asked by JeanB on Wednesday, May 1, 2013

    What is a MUGA?

    I have to have this test tomorrow.

    5 Answers from the Community

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    • KateMarie's Avatar
      KateMarie (Best Answer!)

      According to Cancer(dot)net, A multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan creates video images of the ventricles (lower chambers of the heart that hold blood) to check whether they are pumping blood properly. It shows any abnormalities in the size of the ventricles and in the movement of the blood through the heart. Other names for this test include cardiac blood pooling imaging, nuclear heart scan, nuclear ventriculography, and radionuclide ventriculography.

      Some people with cancer who receive chemotherapy or other drugs may need this test before cancer treatment to identify preexisting heart conditions or during or after cancer treatment to identify chemotherapy-related heart damage. Survivors of childhood cancer who have had radiation therapy to the chest, spine, or upper abdomen; bone marrow/stem cell transplantation; or certain types of chemotherapy may need a MUGA scan as part of their follow-up
      care to identify heart-related late effects (side effects that occur more than five years after treatment).

      I hope this helps.

      over 5 years ago
    • JeanB's Avatar

      Thank you KateMarie. It does help. I took notes at the doc''s but the name of the test wasn't mentioned......she just said my heart and kidney functions would be tested to see which chemo I would tolerate best.

      over 5 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      I think that KateMarie is correct as usual. A MUGA is a multigated Acquisition Scan and it is a nuclear medicine test that uses a gamma camera to take pictures of the radioactive tracer that is injected into the vein as it goes through the heart. The gamma camera will show generated images of movement in the heart. It is the most accurate test used to determine the pumping quality of your heart. The test is akin to a PET scan, another nuclear med test. Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 5 years ago
    • Laureen's Avatar

      They use the MUGA Scan to make sure your heart is healthy enough for the chemo they want to do. They also use the initial test so that they have a baseline to see how the heart does over time. The test was given before I started Avastin.

      About your problem at the testing place.....One of the earliest things I did was tell my drs that if the results of, say, a bloodtest shows I cannot have the treatment or test, I expect them to call me the night before to let me know that I am not to take the test. We all know that most drs don't do those phone calls, so find the people in his office with whom you will be dealing & talk to them. Make sure you get and use their names when you speak to them.....they are so often treated like robots by the drs & other patients. I also call the drs office the night before or the morning of the test to reconfirm.

      I always call the lab just before I leave the house to verify that they are expecting me & that the equipment is working. Sometimes, a machine may breakdown after the phone call, but I really can't figure out anything to do, except make sure they give me a new appointment that is very, very convenient to me (like the first morning appt when I have to fast or not take meds).

      I have a book I use to track everything & I note the names of the people with whom I deal & sometimes a little description to tweak my brain. If I find that I really have no desire to work with a certain person, I will let my dr know, including why we are not a good fit.

      over 5 years ago
    • JeanB's Avatar

      Thank you Laureen. You gave me excellent suggestions. I'm going to take your advice. Thanks a million.

      over 5 years ago

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