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.
Talk with your doctor to find out if coronary calcium scoring is right for you. For more information, call (816) 282-5060.