Calcium Score Scan
Know your coronary artery disease risk
A calcium score scan can detect calcified cholesterol plaque in coronary arteries, which indicates heart disease. The computerized tomography (CT) scan is noninvasive, painless, and takes about five minutes.
The scan has been recommended by the
American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association for determining underlying risk of heart disease.
"Like most other disease, early detection means more time to implement treatmet and hinder the disease progression," says Dr. Richard Gray, medical director, Tyler Heart Institute.
Learn more about calcium score scans
In this video Dr. Soteria Karahalios, a board-certified cardiologist, explains what a calcium score scan is and when to consider getting a scan.
When is calcium scoring recommended?
It is recommended for men over 45 and women over 55 who have at least one of these risk factors:
HDL (“good”) cholesterol level of less than 40 for men and 50 for women
High blood pressure — 140/90 or higher — or on blood pressure medication
Family history of heart disease in male relative younger than 55 and female relative younger than 60
How is it done?
The heart scan is a computed tomography (CT) scan that produces multiple images and creates a two-dimensional view. The test is non-invasive with no needles, IVs, medication, or special drinks to ingest. This test provides a much more detailed image than conventional X-rays. During the procedure, a radiologic technologist positions the patient on a CT table and electrodes are attached to the chest. An electrocardiograph records the heart’s electrical activity. The table moves slowly through the scanner as images are made. The images are reviewed by a radiologist, who determines the calcium score.
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What do the scores mean?
Calcium scores range from 0 to 400. A 0 score means no evidence of coronary artery disease (CAD). A score of more than 400 indicates evidence of extensive CAD. Your referring physician will review your results with you and recommend follow-up, if needed.
Is a doctor’s referral required?
How much does it cost and is it covered by insurance?
Cost is $150, which includes the scan, reading by a board-certified radiologist, and a report to your referring physician. Insurance may cover the cost if risk factors are present; please check with your provider.
Where do I go to get the $150 calcium score scan?