• Heart Scans (calcium scoring)

    What is a heart scan?

    Doctors use heart scans to check for calcium deposits in your heart’s coronary arteries. Calcium deposits, known as plaque, can narrow your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease. This quick and painless CT (computed tomography) scan of your heart measures your coronary calcium score. This score can show whether you have a higher risk of having a heart attack before any symptoms of heart disease occur.

    Why get a heart scan?

    Getting a heart scan gives you and your doctor valuable information about your heart health. Did you know 50 percent of heart attack victims had no prior symptoms? A heart scan can tell you whether you’re at risk of a heart attack even before symptoms occur. The American Heart Association endorses heart scans as a helpful tool in choosing between lifestyle change and medication to reduce heart attack risk.

    The AADI difference

    We perform this test using our most sophisticated CT scanner. This scanner is designed to obtain the most detailed heart images using the least radiation possible. Unlike some other imaging centers, we use ‘gated’ images in which the CT scanner captures images between your breaths and heart beats for the best resolution. A radiologist interprets the results and sends them directly to your doctor.

    Cost and preparation

    • Heart scans cost 75 dollars. Your insurance company may not cover the cost.
    • This exam requires a doctor’s order.
    • You don’t need to do anything specific to prepare for the scan.