What Is A Cardiac CT?
A cardiac CT scan for calcium scoring is an imaging study that uses advanced X-rays and specialized computer systems to generate detailed images of the coronary arteries around the heart. These images are reviewed and analyzed by one of our subspecialized radiologists to determine if calcium deposits are present. Based on the stage of the calcium deposits, a score is given to help measure any changes that may occur over time. A higher calcium score indicates an increased risk of heart disease.
What Are The Benefits Of A Cardiac CT?
A cardiac CT scan for calcium scoring is a quick, noninvasive study that evaluates the walls of blood vessels to asses a person’s risk of heart disease. Commonly, cardiologists recommend this imaging study for patients who have higher risk factors for heart disease. Here are some of the major risk factors:
- Tobacco use
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol levels
- Poor physical activity
- Family history
How Do I Prepare For A Cardiac CT?
A cardiac CT scan doesn’t require any special preparation. Prior to your appointment, you are allowed to maintain a normal diet and take any prescribed medications. On the day of your appointment, please refrain from any caffeine or tobacco use at least four hours prior to your appointment. Caffeine and tobacco use prior to a cardiac CT scan can influence the results in a negative manner. It is important to wear comfortable clothing and to avoid any metal accessories such as jewelry, dentures, hairpins, belts, and so forth. On average, a cardiac CT scan takes 15 – 30 minutes to complete. If you have any questions regarding preparation for your appointment, please reach out to your physician.