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Professional Radiology and Outpatient Imaging Services

Procedure Prep - Heart Screening

How should I prepare for the screening?

If your previous imaging was not done at one of our locations, you may be asked to contact your former provider and request that your film be sent to us for a comparison study.

  • No smoking or caffeine four house prior to the test.
  • Refrain from applying lotions or oils to your chest the day of the exam.
  • Wear comfortable clothes without metal fasteners, including zippers, buttons and snaps. You may be asked to change into a gown.

What should I bring with me?

  • Your appointment form
  • A valid photo ID

Let us know about any of the following:

  • Have coronary artery disease
  • Have a resting heart rate above 90-95 beats per minute (resting tachycardia
  • Pregnancy – known or possible

Please let us know if you have an insulin pump or glucose monitor. Our imaging machines may cause your device to malfunction, so it will need to be removed during your exam.

What does the screening tell me?

Areas of calcification will be marked and quantified. With this information, you will be put into one of five categories of risk, ranging from normal to extremely high.

What happens after my screening?

Your images will be interpreted by one of our board certified radiologists. The results will be sent to your healthcare provider, so that they can review the results with you and determine if any follow-up is needed.

Is the exam covered by insurance?

Cardiac Calcium Scoring is considered an out-of-pocket test and is not covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare. The cost of the test is $100; payment is due when you check in for your appointment (cash, check or credit card is accepted). Your insurance will not be billed for this test, although flexible spending dollars or a health savings account can be used.