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CT Cardiac Calcium Scoring Frequently Asked Questions

Exam criteria:

You must have two or more of the risk factors listed
below to qualify for a screening, with age being one
of the risk factors. If you are younger than the required age, you must have three or more risk factors to qualify for a screening.

  • Males age 40 and above
  • Females age 50 and above
  • Family history of heart disease
  • Past or present smoker
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Overweight
  • Physically inactive

Preparation for your exam:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to your exam.
  • You may eat and drink prior to the exam.

What you should expect:

A technologist will escort you into the scanning room, where you'll see a table and a large doughnut-shaped device called a gantry. The technologist will have you lie on the padded table and make sure you are comfortable. You'll be asked to lie very still during the scan and hold your breath for a short time to minimize any body movement.

What happens after the exam:

A radiologist will analyze your images and provide a copy of the report to your physician.