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Imaging Services:

Bone Metastases NaF-18 PET

Brain PET

Calcium Scoring

Cardiac PET - Rubidium-82 (Rb-82)

Cardiac FDG Viability

CT (CAT Scan)

CT with Contrast

CT Lung Screen


PET Scan

Calcium Scoring

Diagnostic screening test that provides information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries.

A cardiac CT scan (or calcium screen) is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries; the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart muscle.

Calcified plaque is a result of built up fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify which signals the presence of atherosclerosis, a disease in the vessel wall, called Coronary Artery Disease, otherwise referred to as CAD. Individuals with CAD have increased risk for heart attack.

The goal of cardiac CT for calcium scoring is to determine if CAD (coronary artery disease) is present and to what extent, even if there are no symptoms.

Major risk factors for Coronary Artery Disease

  • High blood cholesterol
  • Family history of heart attack
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Overweight or obese
  • Cigarette smoking
  • Physical inactivity
  • Preparation:

  • Bring doctor's order
  • Wear comfortable clothing
  • Remove all jewelry and hairpins
  • Notify us if you are diabetic
  • Bring all prior scans or images, insurance co-payment and photo identification.
  • How Long is the Exam?:
    10-20 minutes

    After the Exam:
    You should experience no discomfort and return to your normal activities unless otherwise instructed.

    Exam Results:
    Results will be sent directly to your referring physician, who will contact you.

    Insurance Coverage:
    Calcium screening is a self-pay exam made affordable by United Radiology. Please contact customer service regarding cost at 301-441-9696.

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