Cardiac Calcium Scoring
One short exam. One small price.
Southtowns Radiology is pleased to offer cardiac calcium scoring screening on our 64 slice CT. The cost of this exam is $200. This screening is a non-invasive way of obtaining information on the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, the vessels that supply oxygen-containing blood to the heart muscle. Calcified plaque results from a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify which signals the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD). People with CAD are at increased risk for heart attacks.
Why choose Southtowns Radiology? Because our experience matters.
Dr. Gerald Joyce is the only physician in Western New York board certified level II cardiac CT. What this means is that you will be ensured superior care from your experience during the exam to the interpreted results that are sent to your doctor. Dr. Joyce reads all the CT cardiac calcium scoring exams performed at Southtowns Radiology, so you know you will always be in good hands.
Who should have this exam?
The major risk factors of CAD:
- high blood cholesterol levels
- family history of heart attacks
- high blood pressure
- cigarette smoking
- overweight or obese
- physical inactivity
What can I expect from my exam?
To prepare for the test, patients must refrain from caffeine and smoking for 4 hours prior. You may continue to take your usual medications. The test will be performed in a CT machine with a technologist. Patients will need to have three monitors attached to their chest. The technologist may need to shave a small area of the chest for men to adhere the monitor to the skin. Women may have to change if they are wearing a bra with metal in it. The CT scan is painless, fast and easy. The entire process will take about 10 minutes all together.
What is the cost for this exam?
The total cost for cardiac calcium scoring is $200. Patients paying out of pocket may use cash, a major credit card or a health savings account (HSA) to cover their costs.