CT for Cardiac Scoring

Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) for Calcium Scoring uses special x-ray equipment to produce pictures of the coronary arteries to determine if they are blocked or narrowed by the buildup of plaque –– an indicator for atherosclerosis or coronary artery disease (CAD). The information obtained can help evaluate if you are at increased risk for heart attack.

Before:

Tell your doctor if there’s a possibility you are pregnant and to discuss any recent illnesses, medical conditions, allergies and medications you are taking. You will be instructed to not eat or drink anything and to avoid caffeine and smoking for four hours prior to the exam. Leave jewelry at home and wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown.

During:

A CTA scan is a quick, painless procedure. Plan on being with us for a minimum of 30 minutes. The technologist positions you on the CT table. The table moves slowly into the CT scanner opening. The increments of movement may be minimal and almost undetectable, or large enough to feel the motion.

After:

A full report will be sent to your referring physician within 48 hours following your exam.

For more information on this topic, please visit: Radiologyinfo.org/CT for Cardiac Scoring