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Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring
A CT exam can be a simple, safe and quick way to “score” the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries, a condition often called “hardening of the arteries.” As plaque builds up, arteries get more narrow and the risk of a sudden heart attack can increase. Calcified plaque is a build-up of fat and other substances, including calcium, and is a sign of atherosclerosis, a disease of the vessel wall, which is called coronary artery disease (CAD). People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks. In addition, over time, progression of plaque build up (CAD) can narrow the arteries or even close off blood flow to the heart. The result may be painful angina in the chest or a heart attack.
Because calcium is a marker of CAD, the amount of calcium detected on a cardiac CT scan is a helpful prognostic tool. The findings on cardiac CT are expressed as a calcium score. Another name for this test is coronary artery calcium scoring.
ARE YOU AT RISK?
Individuals with the following risk factors may benefit from having a CT scan:
- Men over 45
- Women over 55
- Family history of heart disease
- High triglycerides
- Overweight or physically inactive
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
A cardiologist and radiologist will analyze your images, and provide a copy of the report to your physician. Your physician will discuss the results with you. Our goal is to complete the interpretation within 48 hours of completion of exam.
WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER A LUNG SCREENING?
The five-year survival rate for lung cancer is 54 percent for cases detected when the diseases is still localized (within the lungs). However, only 15 percent of lung cancer cases are diagnosed at an early stage. A lung cancer screening is a simple, pain-free test that uses X-rays to take detailed images of the lungs, and can help increase the chances of surviving the leading cause of cancer deaths among men and women. This screening is covered by many insurance plans.
- Between 55 - 77 years old
- Asymptomatic (no signs or symptoms of lung cancer)
- Tobacco smoking history of at least 30 pack-years (one pack-year = smoking one pack per day for one year; 1 pack = 20 cigarettes)
- Current smoker or one who has quit smoking within the last 15 years
- Written order for LDCT lung cancer screening