Centerpoint Medical Center offers latest 64-slice CT technology for Coronary Calcium Scoring which also has the lowest radiation exposure of any CT scanner in the region. A CT scan for a Coronary Calcium Score is a convenient and non-invasive way of evaluating an individual's risk for a heart attack. This scan shows the location and extent of calcified plaque in the walls of coronary arteries. The Coronary Calcium Scoring scan takes 5-10 minutes and is non-invasive so there's no pain and no injections. The results of this scan help your physician detect coronary artery disease, which is a leading cause of heart attack in men and women.
This test is not covered by most health insurance or health plans. The fee for the test is $50 payable by check, credit card or cash at the time of service.
Who may need Coronary Calcium Scoring?
Men, age 35-70, and women, age 40-70 should ask their physician or make an appointment especially if they have any of these risk factors:
- Family history of heart disease, including heart attack
- History of smoking or current smoker
- Diagnosed with diabetes
- Have high cholesterol
- Have high blood pressure
- Are overweight
Who should not have the Coronary Calcium Scoring scan?
- Pregnant women
- Those who currently have heart disease (have had a heart attack, angioplasty/stent placed or have had bypass surgery)
- Individuals with a resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per minute - known as resting tachycardia
- Those who have metallic objects in the heart such as mechanical heart valves, pacemaker wires, stents or other metallic devices.
To schedule your Coronary Calcium Scoring appointment, please first obtain an order from your primary care physician. After obtaining the order, call Centerpoint Medical Center’s imaging department at (816) 836-6686 to schedule an appointment, or simply walk-in to our OP imaging department located in the Medical Office Building.