Overview of Calcium Score
A coronary artery calcium score is a special CT scan that uses a very low radiation dose (similar to a mammogram, and ten times less than a standard CT scan) to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries. The presence of calcium indicates underlying heart disease called atherosclerosis — a build up of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the coronary arteries. Atherosclerosis can lead to heart attacks and damaged heart muscle.
Who might need a calcium score? Men over the age of 45 years and women over 55 years who have at least one of the following risks:
Younger individuals may be eligible if they have a strong family history of heart disease at a young age. Patients who have a prior history of heart attack, stents, or bypass surgery are not eligible.
A coronary calcium CT scan is painless and takes about 30 minutes from start to finish.
Calcium Score In Depth
Learn more about calcium scores from Intermountain's Patient Education Library:
Learn what happens (and what you need to do) before, during, and after this procedure:
Where Do I Go?
Calcium score tests are performed in our Nuclear Cardiology/Cardiac PET-CT Lab. An order from your doctor is required. On the day of your procedure, you need to come to Intermountain Medical Center – Building 4 (Heart & Lung Center). Follow the signs to Patient Registration on the first floor. After you register you will go down one floor to our lobby and waiting area. When it is time for your procedure, your name will be called and you will be led to the testing area.
If you have questions please call us: 801-507-4701.