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    Cardiac CT Calcium Scoring

    Services performed at:  Lennon Rd-Flint, Novi, Royal Oak, and Southgate

     

    What Is Cardiac CT for Calcium Scoring?

    Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT) for Calcium Scoring provides a noninvasive means of screening for coronary artery disease by looking for calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, the arteries which supply blood to the heart muscle. This exam identifies the presence or absence of calcified plaque and the location and extent of disease presented as a “score”. Generally, the more calcified plaque that is present, the greater the likelihood of significant coronary artery disease.

    schedule appointmentThis test does not require any IV or injection of contrast material. The CT scanner uses a rapidly rotating x-ray tube and detectors (computed tomography or “Cat Scan”) to generate detailed images of the coronary arteries. Using sophisticated software, images are processed for examination by a board-certified radiologist (MD or DO) and a score is assigned. This information helps the patient’s primary care provider or cardiologist determine whether an adverse coronary event (such as a heart attack or cardiac arrest) is very unlikely or if further testing, monitoring, and treatment is needed.

     

    Who Can Benefit From Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring?

    Your doctor or primary care provider may recommend a CT Coronary Calcium Score if you have any of the following risk factors for coronary artery disease:

    • Overweight or obese
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Heart disease or heart attacks run in your family
    • High blood pressure (Hypertension)
    • High cholesterol
    • Sedentary lifestyle
    • Smoking history

     

    Preparing for CT

    Click to download preparation instructions (PDF)

    CT Scan - Abdomen and/or Pelvis

    If A.M. Appointment:
    • Drink half of Readi-Cat at bedtime, the night before the exam.
    • Drink remaining half 2 hours prior to exam time.
    • After drinking the second half, do not eat or drink anything else. Including no water, gum, or hard candies.
    • Take all medications except diabetic meds containing metformin or glucophage.
    • The Readi-Cat is better tasting when chilled. DO NOT USE IF SEAL IS BROKEN OR MISSING.
    If P.M. Appointment (12pm or Later):
    • Drink half of Readi-Cat 6 hours before exam time.
    • Drink remaining half 2 hours prior to exam time.
    • After drinking the second half, do not eat or drink anything else. Including no water, gum, or hard candies.
    • Take all medications except diabetic meds containing metformin or glucophage.
    • The Readi-Cat is better tasting when chilled. DO NOT USE IF SEAL IS BROKEN OR MISSING.

    CT Scan - Head or Chest

    • Nothing to eat 2 hours prior to exam (Including no gum or hard candies), but you can drink water up to the time of
      your appointment.
    • You may take all current medications.

    CT Scan - Spine or Extremities

    • No prep necessary.