Angola, Ind. – Cameron Memorial Community Hospital is offering CT Heart Calcium scoring test for just $50. The test is available within the Imaging Services department of the hospital, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The service requires a physician’s order.
A cardiac CT scan for coronary calcium is a non-invasive way of obtaining information about the presence, location and extent of calcified plaque in the coronary arteries. Calcified plaque results when there is a build-up of fat and other substances under the inner layer of the artery. This material can calcify which signals the presences of coronary artery disease (CAD). People with this disease have an increased risk for heart attacks.
The goal of a CT Coronary Calcium scan is to determine if CAD is present and to what extent, even if there are no symptoms. Some benefits of this procedure include:
•The scan is a convenient and noninvasive way of evaluating whether you may be at increased risk for heart attack.
•The exam takes little time, causes no pain, and does not require injection of contrast material.
•No radiation remains in a patient’s body after a CT examination.
•X-rays used in CT scans usually have no immediate side effects.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States and is a major cause of disability. Don’t become a statistic. Get more information by calling Cameron’s Imaging Services department at (260) 665-2141, ext. 5739.