Calcium scoring measures the amount of calcified plaque within the coronary arteries. A certain level of calcium in these arteries is found to precipitate heart disease. Calcium scoring by Potomac MD will measure calcium amounts in coronary arteries with a computed tomography (CT) scan. The CT scan takes pictures of the heart in thin sections to examine for calcified plaque.
How can I benefit from calcium scoring?
Calcium scoring can predict the possibility / risk of heart attack or stroke for an individual. If prior consultation has evaluated elevated heart or stroke possibility, you are a candidate for calcium scoring by Potomac MD.
Is this procedure recommended for heart disease screening?
The procedure is conducted for those considered at risk for coronary artery disease.
How do I prepare for a calcium scoring procedure?
For several hours before your CT scan you will be requested to avoid:
- drinking caffeinated beverages
- The test should not be performed if you are pregnant.
Is calcium scoring by Potomac MD uncomfortable?
The procedure is very easy and comfortable. Electrodes will be attached to your chest so that the imaging will record the heart in resting mode. You will be asked to lie on the CT table, and the CT machine will take pictures of your heart in about 20 seconds total.
What do my results mean?
Calcium scores usually range between 0 and 400. A score of 100 indicates likelihood of heart disease, and a score between 100 and 400 indicates a higher risk for heart attack.
If you have been referred for calcium scoring, please call us at The Radiology Clinic today!