WHAT IS CT – CARDIAC SCORING?
A cardiac CT scan is a non-invasive, screening exam used to obtain information about the presence, location and/or amount of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. An increased amount of calcified plaque can signify the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD).
The results of this exam can help your clinician determine if you may be at an increased risk for a heart attack. The findings on a CT for cardiac scoring are expressed as a calcium score. This exam is sometimes referred to as coronary artery calcium scoring.
WHERE IS CT – CARDIAC SCORING OFFERED?
Radiology Associates of Ocala offers CT for cardiac scoring at TimberRidge Imaging Center.
WHAT TO EXPECT
After being positioned on the CT scanner, electrodes (small, sticky discs) will be attached to your chest and to an electrocardiograph (ECG). This machine records the electrical activity of the heart.
You will be asked to hold your breath at certain points during the scanning.
After your CT for cardiac scoring, you can return to your normal activities.