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Coronary Calcium Scoring

A coronary calcium scan measures calcium deposits in coronary arteries. Coronary calcification is a highly sensitive marker for the presence of coronary atherosclerosis, even before symptoms develop. More coronary calcium means more atherosclerosis, suggesting a greater risk for cardiovascular events. A computed tomography (CT) scan is the most effective method for detecting coronary calcium.

Who should be recommended for a coronary calcium scan?

Patients who meet the following criteria:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Past or present smoker
  • Men age 45+, women age 55+
  • History of high cholesterol, diabetes or high blood pressure
  • Overweight
  • Inactive lifestyle

About the scan

The CT scan lasts about 20 seconds. No preparation is needed. Three leads to an EKG monitor are placed on the chest. The high-speed CT scan captures multiple images that are then read by a radiologist for the presence of calcification in the coronary arteries. 

Interpretation of results

If calcium is present, the computer will create a calcium score that estimates the extent of coronary artery disease. A score of 101 to 400 can be a cause for concern depending on the patient’s medical history. A score over 400 is a sign of heart disease, and the patient should be referred to a cardiologist. You and your patient will receive a full report outlining the results of the scan and follow-up recommendations.

Is the scan covered by insurance?

Because a coronary calcium scan is a screening examination, it is not covered by most insurance companies or Medicare. The patient is responsible for all costs at the time of the exam. The cost is $150 and includes all lab, technical, medical and professional interpretation charges. 

Self-referrals are accepted. A physician's order is not required.

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