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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 disease.

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 attack.

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 Cholesterol
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.


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5301 Vernon Ave. S. Edina, MN 55436
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5203 Vernon Ave. S. Edina, MN 55436
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