What is CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring?
CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring is a convenient and non-invasive way of identifying if you are at a greater risk for heart attack.
The procedure involves a CT scan of the heart with the intent to measure the amount and location of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. When the calcified plaque builds up over time, it can block the arteries and obstruct blood flow to the heart, resulting in chest pain and heart attack.
Who Should get a CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring Screening?
Consider asking your physician for a referral if you have any of these risk factors:
- High blood cholesterol levels
- Family history of heart attacks
- Diabetes or family history of diabetes
- High blood pressure
- Cigarette smoking
- Overweight or obese
- Low amounts of physical activity
What Should I Expect During a CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring Screening?
- The CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring Screening will involve you lying on the CT table and moving through the scanner to acquire the needed images
- This procedure is pain-free, easy, and takes typically no more than 20 minutes
- You may be asked to avoid caffeine and smoking for four hours prior to the screening
- You will be able to resume all normal activity immediately after the procedure
- If there is a chance you might be pregnant, always inform your technologist
How Do I Get a CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring Screening?
- Schedule today at our Blue Ridge, Cary, Knightdale, or Wake Forest imaging centers by calling 919-781-1437
- Quick, non-invasive, painless procedure
- A physician’s referral is required
Is this covered by insurance?
- This is a self-pay screening not covered by insurance
- The cost of the screening is $150 except during the month of February where we offer this test for $99 in recognition of American Heart Month