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  • Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring

  • A coronary artery calcium scoring is a CT Scan of your heart that can help doctors look for calcified plaque in the arteries that supply blood to the heart muscle.

    What are the benefits of CT Calcium Scoring?

    • It is one of the most advanced methods available to determine heart disease in its earliest stages.
    • A Calcium Scoring is a convenient and noninvasive way of evaluating the coronary arteries. 
    • This test takes little time and causes no pain.
    • The exam does not require an injection of contrast material.
    • Measuring the calcium or calcified plaque in the coronary arteries can be a helpful tool for your physician.  In conjunction with other information, a calcium scoring can help determine your risk of a future heart attack.

    Who should get a CT Calcium Scoring?

    If you have the following risk factors, you may benefit from a Calcium Scoring:

    • High blood cholesterol levels
    • Diabetes
    • Family history of heart attacks
    • High blood pressure
    • History of cigarette smoking
    • Physical inactivity
    • Overweight or obese

    When should you have a CT Calcium Scoring?

    You should only have a Calcium Scoring once every 3-5 years.If you have an abnormal or elevated score, your physician may suggest more frequent scorings or other testing.

    Getting Your Exam Results

    A radiologist experienced in the interpretation of CT Calcium Scorings will analyze the data from your exam and compile a report. This report will be sent to you and your physician.

    What the Score Means

    Your physician will discuss the results of your exam and can make recommendations based on your score.

    Calcium Score and Presence of Plaque 

    0 No evidence of plaque 

    1-10 Minimal evidence of plaque 

    11-100 Mild evidence of plaque 

    101-400 Moderate evidence of plaque 

    Over 400 Extensive evidence of plaque

    A physician's referral is recommended but not required.  You must have a physician to receive the results from your CT Calcium Scoring.

    To schedule a CT Calcium Scoring call, 303-269-4500. 

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