Your Calcium Artery Calcium Score “Heart Scan”
Using a special state-of-the-art, high-speed CT scanner, we look inside the heart and its arteries for calcium build-up. This proven technology measures and scores the amount of blockage in the coronary arteries and helps determine your risk for heart disease.
Other traditional exams, such as treadmill stress tests, only help to detect restrictions of blood-flow, which occurs with more advanced blockages, whereas a coronary calcium score “heart scan” views the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries.
Are Screenings Covered By Insurance?
Because this is considered an elective screening, this procedure is not an insurance-covered benefit. We will not bill your insurance for these tests.
Note: A screening is a relatively low-cost test designed to identify normal from abnormal results and to then refer anyone with an abnormal screening
result for further evaluation. Screening tests are paid for by the individual. There are more sophisticated tests; however, generally these tests are costly and unless there is a reasonable expectation that the test is warranted, most insurances will not cover the test.
What To Expect
This test is safe, painless and non-invasive. It takes about 15 minutes to complete and does not require you to undress for the test.
*A coronary artery calcium score “heart scan” is meant as a screening tool for someone who may be at risk for heart disease—if you have already been diagnosed with coronary artery disease, this test will unlikely provide additional information regarding your cardiovascular status.