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What Is Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring
Coronary CT (computed tomography) for cardiac scoring provides a noninvasive means of screening for coronary artery disease caused by calcified plaque in the coronary arteries, which supply the blood that the heart muscle itself needs to function.
If calcified plaque is present, this exam identifies the location and extent of disease. The CT scanner uses X-rays to generate detailed images of the inside of the coronary artery. A radiologist then examines the images for indicators of calcium deposits and assigns a score on a scale of 0 (no evidence of coronary artery disease) to 400 (extensive evidence of coronary artery disease). This information helps the patient’s primary care provider or cardiologist assess what level of further monitoring or treatment may be necessary.
Who Can Benefit From Coronary CT for Cardiac Scoring?
Your doctor may recommend a coronary CT for cardiac scoring if you have any of the following risk factors for coronary artery disease:
- Being overweight or obese
- Heart disease or heart attacks in your family medical history
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Sedentary lifestyle