Cardiac Calcium Scoring
uses a CT (Computed Tomography) scan to quantify calcium
deposits in the coronary artery. Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a
quick and non-invasive test that detects and measures the amount
of calcium in your coronary arteries, an indicator of heart
Cardiac Calcium Scoring can detect calcium deposits
before they get large enough to obstruct the blood vessel lumen.
This scoring test will find plaque in the blood vessel wall.
This is a valuable screening test to identify an individual who
has no symptoms, but has significant plaque in the blood vessel
wall. It is not unusual for this small amount of plaque to
change shape and attract a clot, thus resulting in a heart
It is important to note that this test should be done under the
supervision of a physician to properly use the data.
Patient Preparation: For most tests, no special
preparation is needed. If preparation is required, you will be
notified before the test. Please notify the technologist if you
are or think you may be pregnant, have known coronary artery
disease, or have a resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per
minute (resting tachycardia).
Patient Experience: You will lie on a table that slides
through a scanning device that resembles a large donut. The exam
will be completed in about 15 minutes. The test is painless. No
IV's or contrast (dye) will be used.
A series of cross section images of the heart, including the
coronary arteries, are recorded from the scanning. A
subspecialty radiologist examines each of the images, circling
areas of calcification. The calcium deposits are quantified. The
radiologist uses this number to "score" this test. With this
information, the patient is put into one of four or five
categories of risk, ranging from normal to extremely high risk.
An appropriate candidate is male, age 35 - 70, or female, age
40 - 70, who has any of the following risk factors:
Family History of Heart Disease
High Blood Pressure
After Your Exam: When the exam is completed, a board
certified radiologist will review the images, prepare a report
and discuss the results with your physician. After receiving the
report, your physician will explain the test results to you and
discuss any further procedures or treatments if needed.
An increasing number of insurance plans now pay for Cardiac
Calcium Scoring, with a Physician's referral. It is the
patient's responsibility to check with their insurance carrier.
The charge for Cardiac Calcium Scoring is $295. We accept VISA,
MasterCard and personal checks. Payment is expected at the time
the service is rendered.