Cardiac Scoring is a new, pain-free, non-invasive, inexpensive procedure requiring less than 10 or 15 minutes. Using CT imaging equipment with sub-second scanning ability, the examination takes 70-90 images of your coronary arteries without any injections, needles or other inconveniences. The amount of calcium or plaque detected in the coronary arteries is used to establish your cardiac score. The cardiac score is then calculated based on the findings and correlated with the risk of cardiovascular disease.
The radiation exposure during cardiac scoring is very small. No intravenous injections or needles are required. The procedure is safe and also simple. This requires a prescription by a referring physician to perform this test.
First you complete a brief questionnaire provided by the radiology department.
Next you lay down on the imaging table where a CT technologist places a few EKG leads on your chest and asks you to hold your breath while the images are taken (for a few seconds). Subsequently, the radiologist uses high-tech software to calculate your cardiac score based on the images taken. Then results should be available within twenty-four to forty-eight hours.