What is the role of cardiac imaging in the management acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Multiple-gated acquisition (MUGA) scans or echocardiograms are needed when the diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is confirmed, because many chemotherapeutic agents used in the treatment of acute leukemia are cardiotoxic.

An ECG is recommended before the initiation of treatment.


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