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What are the risks and benefits of having a MUGA scan?

The risks associated with having a MUGA scan include exposure to medically approved radiation. The is not a frequently ordered test and so the excess risk of cancer is minuscule. The benefits of having a MUGA scan are that this test most accurately assesses the strength of the left lower chamber, the main pump of the heart. This information is important to assess one’s prognosis and treatment response.