Today I had my first MUGA, or multigated acquisition, scan. This is also know has a nuclear heart scan. Yes, that’s right, nuclear.
I do believe this one took the cake. The nuclear cake, that is. Not only did the nuclear medical technologist draw my blood and mix it with a radioactive tracer, she then pushed my hot blood back into my body. I positioned myself under something that looked liked an inside-out Tie Fighter; this was apparently a gamma -ray-shooting camera. The gamma rays picked up the radioactive tracers as they rocketed through my body. This all somehow let the radiologist know that my heart can handle chemo.
I am now supposed to drink a lot of water and urinate frequently to rid myself of any remaining radionuclides. As with the PET scan, holding babies is out of the question. Again, hide your children.
(Do you think Professor X would go for the mutant name “MUGA”?)
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