Norton Healthcare Home
Decrease (-) Restore Default Increase (+)
Bookmark and Share

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.

To schedule a coronary calcium scan, contact:

Medical Care

Pregnancy & Prenatal Classes
Weight Loss
Heart Disease
Women's Health
More Medical Care


Immediate Care
Health Centers
Emergency Room
Doctors Offices
Affiliate Hospitals

Patients and Visitors

Pay Your Bill
Request an Appointment
Get Healthy
Support Groups
Fitness Groups
Mobile Applications
Clinical Trials
Online Nursery
Classes and Events
Send an eCard
Patient Stories
Patient and Family Advisory Council
Places to Stay
Say Thanks
My Health Risk Assessment

About Us

Quality Report 
Ways to Help
Community Outreach
Contact Us
(502) 629-1234

Connect with us

© 2015 Norton Healthcare
Serving Kentucky and Southern Indiana