Heart Disease Screening

Cardiac Calcium Scoring

CT imaging can give you access to life-saving information. A heart scan allows your doctor to identify Coronary Artery Disease and check for a risk of a heart attack before you show any signs or symptoms. 

A Cardiac Calcium Scoring CT is a non-invasive procedure that measures the total amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. This screening is for patients who do not have any symptoms and are at intermediate risk for heart disease.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who needs a cardiac calcium scoring?

To be eligible, you must be a male over age 45 or a female over age 55 and have the following:

  • Current or former smoker
  • High-stress levels
  • History of high cholesterol, diabetes, or high blood pressure
  • Inactive or sedentary lifestyle
  • Overweight or obese
  • Personal or family history of heart disease
What should I expect?

The scan is quick and simple, and it only takes 10 minutes. No injections or medications are required. You will be asked to complete a brief risk factor questionnaire. Next, you’ll lie on the table while the technologist places EKG leads on your chest. While the scan is being performed you will hold your breath for a brief period to ensure quality images. Once your scan is complete, a radiologist will review the findings.

How do I prepare?

Do not eat for one hour prior to your exam, and avoid caffeine and exercise for 12 hours prior.

What are the risk?

A Cardiac Calcium Scoring CT is performed under a CT scanner, which exposes you to a small amount of radiation.

How do I schedule a Cardiac Calcium Scoring CT?

Request an appointment online or contact us at 716-631-2500.

What about billing and/or insurance coverage?

Please check with your insurance plan to confirm that the procedure is covered. You may be responsible for all or a portion of the bill.  Payment may be required at the time of service. For questions regarding insurance coverage, and/or billing please call 716-631-2500.

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