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
High blood pressure
Overweight or obese
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.
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You should experience no discomfort and return to your normal activities unless otherwise instructed.
Results will be sent directly to your referring physician, who will contact you.
Calcium screening is a self-pay exam made affordable by United Radiology. Please contact customer service regarding cost at 301-441-9696.