Research Medical Center offers Coronary Calcium Scoring, a convenient and non-invasive way of evaluating an individual's risk for a heart attack. A CT scan for a Coronary Calcium Score is a convenient and non-invasive way of evaluating an individual’s risk for a heart attack. This scan shows the location and extent of calcified plaque and soft plaque in the walls of coronary arteries. The Coronary Calcium Scoring scan takes 5-10 minutes and is non-invasive so there’s no pain and no injections. The results of this scan help detect coronary artery disease, which is a leading cause of heart attack in men and women.
This test is not covered by most health insurance or health plans, and a doctor's order is required. The fee for the test is $50 payable by check, credit card or cash at the time of service.
Who may need Coronary Calcium Scoring?
Men, age 35-70, and women, age 40-70 with any of these risk factors:
- Family history of heart disease, including heart attack
- History of smoking or current smoker
- Diagnosed with diabetes
- Have high cholesterol
- Have high blood pressure
- Are overweight
Who should not have the Coronary Calcium Scoring scan?
- Pregnant women
- Those who currently have heart disease (have had a heart attack, angioplasty/stent placed or have had bypass surgery)
- Individuals with a resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per minute - known as resting tachycardia
- Those who have metallic objects in the heart such as mechanical heart valves, pacemaker wires, stents or other metallic devices.
For more information or to schedule a Coronary Calcium Scoring appointment, please call the Research Medical Center Brookside Campus' scheduling department at (816) 276-7668.