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Coronary Calcium Scoring

Lee's Summit Medical Center offers the newest and most highly-advanced 128-slice CT scanner for Coronary Calcium Scoring which also has the lowest radiation exposure of any CT scanner in the region. A CT scan for a Coronary Calcium Score is a convenient and non-invasive way of evaluating an individual’s risk for a heart attack. This scan shows the location and extent of calcified plaque and soft plaque in the walls of coronary arteries. The Coronary Calcium Scoring scan takes 5-10 minutes and is non-invasive so there’s no pain and no injections. The results of this scan help detect coronary artery disease, which is a leading cause of heart attack in men and women.

This test is not covered by most health insurance or health plans. The fee for the test is $50 payable by check, credit card or cash at the time of service.

Who may need Coronary Calcium Scoring?

Men, age 35-70, and women, age 40-70 with any of these risk factors:

  • Family history of heart disease, including heart attack
  • History of smoking or current smoker
  • Diagnosed with diabetes
  • Have high cholesterol
  • Have high blood pressure
  • Are overweight

Who should not have the Coronary Calcium Scoring scan?

  • Pregnant women
  • Those who currently have heart disease (have had a heart attack, angioplasty/stent placed or have had bypass surgery)
  • Individuals with a resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per minute - known as resting tachycardia
  • Those who have metallic objects in the heart such as mechanical heart valves, pacemaker wires, stents or other metallic devices.

For more information or to schedule a Coronary Calcium Scoring appointment, please call the imaging department at (816) 282-5555.