Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What is calcium scoring?
A. This test is used to check for heart disease in an early stage and to determine how severe it is. Cardiac calcium scoring uses a special X-ray called a CT scan to find the buildup of calcium on the walls of the arteries of the heart. . Normally, these arteries do not contain calcium. Calcium in these arteries is a sign of coronary artery disease.
Q. Who should not have this test?
A. You should discuss with your physician whether the test would be beneficial, If you have had cardiac bypass surgery, a heart catheterization or a heart attack. This test should not be done if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant.
Q. Do I need a Doctor’s order to have this test done?
A. No, you do not need a doctor’s order. Just call 405-608-3635 to schedule the test.
Q. What do I need to do to prepare for the test?
- Please wear loose fitting, 2 piece clothing as we will need to place electrodes, similar to an EKG, on your chest.
- Please do not drink caffeinated beverages within 4 hours of the procedure.
- If you would like your results sent to your physician, please bring the physician’s office address with you.
Q. Do I need to take off my watch and jewelry?
A. The only jewelry you will need to remove would be necklaces or anything that would be in the way of the X-ray picture.
Q. Will this test affect my pacemaker?
A. No, there will be no effect on your pacemaker.
Q. Can I take my medication or have coffee after the test?
Q. How long does the test take?
A. Registration and the procedure will take about 30 minutes.
Q. When will I get my results?
A. The cardiologist will read the test and results will be mailed to you. You should receive your results within 5 to 7 days.
Q. How often should I have this test performed?
A. It is not necessary to have this test repeated for a minimum of 3 years.