Radionuclide Angiogram/Multigated Acquisition Scan


Ask your doctor

The following questions can help you talk to your doctor about having a radionuclide angiogram/multigated acquisition (MUGA) scan. Consider printing out or writing down these questions and taking them with you to your appointment. Taking notes can help you remember your doctor’s response when you get home.

Doctor and Patient at appointment with ipad

Bring a list of questions to ask your doctor about radionuclide angiograms/multigated acquisition scans.

  1. What symptoms or test results indicated that a radionuclide angiogram/MUGA scan might be beneficial?
  2. What information can a MUGA scan give us about my heart health?
  3. Will my MUGA scan be an “exercise” test or a “resting” test?
  4. Do I need to have an empty stomach before the procedure? Should I withhold any of my medications? Are there any medications that I will need to take?
  5. How much radiation will I be exposed to during the test?
  6. What happens next if the scan shows that my heart is not pumping as much blood out of the lower chambers as it should?