What is a Calcium Score CT scan?
A Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) is a non-invasive CT (computed tomography) test that is able to estimate the extent of plaque (atherosclerosis) within the artery and therefore your risk of having cardiac disease. The test has up to a 98% predictive value. The score is a measurement of the amount of calcium in the walls of the arteries that supply the heart muscle. The results of the scan may predict the risk of a heart attack or stroke within the next 5-10 years. A low calcium score correlates very well with you having a low risk of this happening. The more calcium you have the higher the risk of a heart attack or stroke.
What happens during my ct calcium score?
Once changed for the scan you will be shown onto the scanning table. Four electrode patches will be placed on your chest to measure the electrical activity of the heart via ecg leads which are linked to the CT machine. The scan is then performed to match the beats of the heart. The machine will tell you to hold your breath, the scanning table will move and the images will be taken.
Do i need an appointment?
No appointment is necessary. At Pulse Medical Imaging we aim to provide as many of our services as a walk in service.
How much does a calcium score CT scan cost?
As there is no medicare rebate that the government currently provides for this scan, we have to charge an out of pocket expense of $140.
Can I use my referral anywhere?
Yes, we can accept any other radiology referrals. If in doubt please seek advice from our friendly reception staff.
How do i prepare for my Calcium CT Scan?
On the day of the scan of your heart, you will be advised not to smoke or drink coffee, tea, cola drinks, herbal teas or other caffeine-containing drinks. No other preparation is needed.