Should you get a $90 heart scan?
2/12/2017 4:35 PM
During the month of February, in observance of American Heart Month, Central Texas Medical Center is offering $90 heart scans with a physician’s order.
A CT calcium score test, or heart scan, is a screening where the coronary vessels are examined for calcium deposits. With this test, we cannot tell if the calcium is blocking the arteries, but it can alert us to the possibility of a blockage. Next steps are determined based on the amount of calcium we find.
It’s a good idea to start heart scans at age 50 to 55, especially if you have a family history of heart disease, high cholesterol or other risk factors.
The heart scan is a non-invasive test that takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete. In preparation for the test, we ask that you don’t consume food or caffeine three to four hours prior so that you have a slow, steady heartbeat. Test results are usually available in less than 24 hours, and we send them to the referring physician for review.
To schedule your $90 heart scan, call (512) 575-2098. A physician order is required. Click here to learn more about CTMC’s cardiac services.
About the Author
Herb Koenig, RT, R-CT, is a CT technologist at Central Texas Medical Center's medical imaging department.