IMAGING: LOW-DOSE CT

Calcium Scoring

What:Calcium screening is most appropriate for men, ages 35 to 70 and women 40 to 70 who have any of these risk factors: family history of heart disease, smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure or overweight. CT calcium scoring requires an order from your licensed primary or specialty provider. Medicare members require an order from a provider other than a chiropractor or naturopath.

This test allows the radiologist to determine if calcium build-up, or plaque, is present on the walls of the arteries of the heart, also known as your coronary arteries. The radiologist will report to your physician on how severe the blockages are.

No prep is required for this study; you may eat and drink before the procedure.