CT Coronary Calcium Scoring
The University of Virginia Health System is in the process of creating and updating information for patients and their families on studies and procedures.
In a single breath-hold, a non-invasive, and fairly inexpensive CT scan can assess the extent of coronary artery calcium. Calcium scoring can help identify atherosclerosis of fatty buildup in the wall of the heart arteries, and may help your physician determine your treatment and risk reduction plan. Candidates are men older than 40 and women older than 50 with risk factors for heart disease (diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, family history of heart disease), but no symptoms. Coronary artery calcium scoring is not presently covered by insurance and costs $350.00.
While you can refer yourself for this study, we recommend that your primary care physician refer you to our department. We want to ensure that you have follow up care should be that be necessary.
The study is currently available at the main UVA hospital, but will soon also be offered at UVA Imaging, located in the Fontaine Research park.
To make an appointment, please call 434-243-6888.