Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CAC)

Recent research has shown a direct relationship between the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and the likelihood of a future heart attack. Many people with plaque or calcium deposits clogging their heart's blood vessels do not have any symptoms or warning signs that they may be in danger of having a heart attack. The CT Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring exam takes a series of cross-sectional images of the heart to allow for early detection of heart disease even before symptoms appear.

  • Who is the test recommended for?

    Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CAC) is a screening test. It is recommended for people who currently do not have any symptoms but do have a moderate probability of having coronary artery disease.

  • How long will the test take?

    The exam takes just 10-15 minutes.

  • Does this exam require any special preparation?

    No preparation is required for this exam.

  • Will my insurance cover the test?

    Some insurance companies are now covering this exam. Contact your insurance company to determine if this exam is covered under your plan.

  • How long will it take for me to see the results of my exam?

    Your results and score will be sent to your Primary Care Physician within 2-3 days of your exam.

  • How can I schedule this exam?

    A physician referral is required, so call your primary care physician and let him or her know that you would like a CAC Scoring test.

Need to make an appointment? Contact us at 703-523-1980.