Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Helping detect early-stage heart diseases in Connecticut patients
A cardiac calcium CT scan is a simple, safe and noninvasive test used to obtain information about the location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, the vessels that supply oxygen containing blood to the heart. It is one of the most advanced methods to detect heart disease in its earliest stages.
Unfortunately, most insurance will not cover Cardiac Calcium Scoring, so you should check with your insurance carrier to determine coverage, if any. You should talk with your physician about any risk factors you might have and whether or not this test makes sense for you. If your doctor agrees that Cardiac Calcium Scoring is right for you, he/she will order the exam. If you have to pay for this exam directly, the cost will be discounted and our billing team will work with you regarding payment.
Our CT Scanner and Technologists
Licensed and experienced CT Technologists will perform your exam using our state-of the-art equipment. And since we are accredited by the American College of Radiology (A.C.R.) to perform CT Scans, you can be assured that our technologists will ensure minimal radiation exposure with each exam.
How to Prepare
For best results, avoid caffeine and smoking for four hours prior to the exam.
What to Expect
Our technician will take a medical history. You will then be asked to remove your clothing and jewelry and change into a gown. You will be positioned face up on the exam table. Electrodes will be attached to your chest and to an electrocardiograph machine that records the electrical activity of your heart. You will be asked to remain still and be given specific breathing instructions. The test is easy, quick and painless. It requires about 10 minutes’ time and you may return to normal activities following your exam.
Your doctor(s) will receive a full detailed written report from our highly trained radiologists within one day. We will provide you with a CD copy of your exam, for your personal records or to bring to your referring physician on your follow-up visit. Our goal is to provide you with the highest level of customer service and image quality in a caring and supportive environment.
If you have any questions or concerns about your procedure, feel free to call us at 203-453-5123 or contact us online.