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CT coronary calcium scoring

Coronary calcium scans

This test looks for calcification in the coronary arteries, which can then be measured, scored and compared against other patients of a similar age and gender

About

Calcium in the heart arteries (coronary calcium) occurs when there is a build-up of plaque. This can be easily detected using a specific CT scan and then measured using a computer. This test is used to detect early heart disease and to predict one’s risk of developing heart attacks in the future.

 

The early detection of disease before symptoms develop enables early preventative measures and lifestyle changes to be prescribed, helping to reduce the risk of future damage to the heart.

Need to know

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    You will be asked to lie down on the CT scanning table. Four heart sensors will then be placed on your chest, enabling us to take still images of your heart. As you move in and out of the scanner, the radiographer will take a some CT planning scans. This is to localise the position of the heart within your chest. Following this, the coronary calcium scan that will only take a few seconds to perform. Your scan will then be reviewed by a consultant radiologist who will look to see if calcium is present within your heart arteries. If calcium is detected, the result will be compared with a database of over 25,000 individuals. The results will be plotted against your peers, by age and gender. This will enable your consultant to assess your relative risk. Your CT scan will take around 15 minutes to complete.
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    Your consultant will explain the CT coronary calcium scoring test to you and answer any questions you may have.
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    There is no recovery time or side effects associated with the CT coronary calcium scoring test. You'll be able to return home shortly after the scan. The images will be reviewed by your radiologist and the results will be sent to your consultant. You'll need to book a follow-up appointment to discuss your results and any next steps.

Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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    The Wellington Hospital

    Wellington Place

    London NW8 9LE

    Appointments 0207 483 5148
    Enquiries 020 3131 7478

  • London Bridge Hospital Facility

    London Bridge Hospital

    27 Tooley Street

    London

    SE1 2PR

    Appointments and Enquiries 020 7234 2009
    Imaging Appointments 020 7234 2773
    Switchboard 020 7407 3100

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    The Harley Street Clinic

    35 Weymouth Street

    London

    W1G 8BJ

    Appointments 020 7034 8181
    Enquiries 020 3131 7962

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This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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