MUGA scans are used to investigate the heart and check that it’s working and pumping blood properly. This type of scan can be given if you’ve recently underwent any kind of cancer treatment.
Certain types of cancer treatment can affect how your heart works. You may be given several of these tests to ensure that your heart is working properly before, during and after treatment.
The MUGA scan usually takes about an hour and has three main parts; the injections, ECG and the scan. Firstly, the technician carrying out the test will gently insert a cannula into your arm or hand (if you don’t already have one). Once this is done, you’ll be given the first injection, with the second and last one being given 20 minutes later. After this, you’ll have your ECG, which involves the technician placing small, sticky discs onto your chest, arms and legs. Wires will then be attached to each disc, which are linked to a machine that records the electrical activity of your heart. The final part is the scan, during which you will lie still while a special camera takes pictures of your chest.