Gated Heart Pool Scan
WHAT IS A GATED HEART POOL SCAN (GHPS)?
A Nuclear Medicine Gated Heart Pool Scan (GHPS) is used to assess the function of the left ventricle. The scan can look at left ventricular wall motion and determine an ejection fraction (how much blood is being pumped out of the left ventricle).
This test can also be called a Heart Pool Scan, GHPS, or an Ejection Fraction Scan.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING A GATED HEART POOL SCAN?
Part 1. When you arrive, you will be given a small injection . You will not feel any different. This first injection helps the second injection (radiotracer) bind to your red blood cells. A second injection is given 20 minutes after the first injection.
Part 2. You will than lay on the imaging table and 3 ECG dots will be positioned on your chest and ECG leads will be attached to these dots. The imaging staff will then image you heart. This can take up to 40 minutes.
HOW LONG DOES A GATED HEART POOL SCAN TAKE?
The test can take up to 1.5 hours.
PREPARATION REQUIRED FOR A GATED HEART POOL SCAN?
- Please make staff aware if you think you maybe pregnant or if you are breast-feeding prior to making an appointment.
- You can eat and drink as normal on the day of your scan.
- Please take your medication as normal.
- Please bring previous scans which relate to your heart.
WHEN WILL MY DOCTOR RECEIVE MY RESULTS?
Your Referring Doctor will receive your results within 48hrs.