A CT calcium score is a scan to view the coronary arteries to determine if there is any calcium build up.
A CT scanner is a circular machine that uses low dose radiation x-rays to produce images of various part of your body. Lying on a movable platform you will be moved into the machine along a track to the correct position for the area to be scanned.
CT calcium score is used to perform a ‘heartcheck’, looking for evidence of early signs of heart disease.
Ahead of your CT calcium score you will be asked to fill in a questionnaire and sign a consent. You will be asked to bring copies of your latest blood test results, including a cholesterol score to assist in the interpretation of the results of your scan.
Once you have completed the questionnaire and consent will change into a gown and lie on the CT scanner table. ECG leads will be attached to your shoulders and stomach. ECG is used to ensure all of the scanned images are taken in time with your heart beat, to assist in preventing blurring of the images.
You will be asked to hold your breath for a few seconds throughout the CT calcium score.
A CT calcium score usually takes about 15 minutes.
CT calcium score is a non-invasive procedure. Once it is completed you can return to your everyday activities.
Your CT calcium score results will be reviewed by a specialist and the report will be sent to your referring doctor. It is best to make an appointment with them to follow up on the results.