Cardiac Calcium Scoring
Cardiac Calcium Scoring uses a CT scan to find the build-up of calcium on the walls of the arteries of the heart (coronary arteries). This test is used to check for heart disease in an early stage and to determine how severe it is.
Cardiac Calcium Scoring is also called Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring. The coronary arteries supply blood to the heart. Normally, the coronary arteries do not contain calcium. Calcium in the coronary arteries is a sign of CAD.
A CT scan generates an x-ray beam that rotates around your body, and a powerful computer creates cross-sectional images, like slices of the inside of your body. These images are recorded in a computer and can be saved for more study, or printed out as photographs.
Why It Is Done
Cardiac Calcium Scoring is done:
- To check for early heart disease.
- Find out how severe heart disease is.