Coronary Calcium Score
CORONARY CALCIUM SCORE
What is a Coronary Calcium Score?
A coronary calcium scan (also called cardiac calcium scoring) is a painless imaging test that uses a special kind of X-ray to look for buildup of calcium (called coronary calcifications) in your coronary arteries. There are two machines that can perform this test:
Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT)
Electron beam computed tomography (EBCT)
Both require you to lie still in a scanning machine for up to 30 minutes while they create images of your heart. You’ll also wear small pads on your chest, which will be connected to a machine that records your heart’s electrical activity.