Ejection fraction is a measurement of the percentage of blood leaving your heart each time it contracts.
Signs and Tests:
Ejection fraction can be measured with imaging techniques, including:
- Echocardiogram. During an echocardiogram, sound waves are used to produce images of your heart and the blood pumping through your heart.
- Cardiac catheterization. During cardiac catheterization, a thin, plastic tube (catheter) is inserted into a vein in the arm or leg and then moved to the heart — most likely the left ventricle. Using images taken during the catheterization, your doctor can see how your blood pumps through your heart.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). During an MRI scan, a magnetic field and radio waves are used to create cross-sectional images of specific parts of the body. When an MRI is used to study the heart, it's known as a cardiovascular MRI.
- Computerized tomography (CT). During a CT scan, a special X-ray technique is used to create cross-sectional images of specific parts of the body. When a CT scan is used to study the heart, it's known as a cardiac CT.
- Nuclear medicine scan. During a nuclear scan, trace amounts of radioactive material — such as thallium — are injected into the bloodstream. Special cameras then detect the radioactive material in your blood as it flows through the heart and lungs.
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