Calcium Scoring CT Scan
A Calcium Scoring Computed Tomography (CT) Scan is painless, non-invasive and quick. It uses a special machine to obtain multiple X-ray images of the heart and its vessels (more detailed than conventional X-rays). The images allow a doctor to determine your Calcium Score, which reflects the degree and extent of calcium deposits or build up in the walls of your coronary arteries, the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart. This scan can help determine if you are at risk for a heart attack or stroke.
You should consider having a CT Cardiac Calcium Score Screening if you:
- Have high blood cholesterol levels
- Have a family history of heart disease
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure
- Smoke cigarettes
- Are overweight or obese
- Are physically inactive
The Cardiac CT Calcium Score Scan will give you and your physician an idea of whether coronary artery disease is present despite a lack of symptoms, or if it is likely to develop. Together, with your doctor, you can then decide what measures you can take to avoid heart disease.