Cardiac scoring measures the amount of calcium in the heart's arteries. Over time, calcium can build up in the coronary arteries and lead to blockages that could cause a heart attack or other problems.
Most people who undergo cardiac scoring do not have symptoms of heart disease but have some risk factors. During the 15-minute procedure, a patient lies on a table that slides through a doughnut-shaped, ultra-fast CT scanner. It records detailed images of the heart in approximately two minutes and sends information to a computer.
The service is offered at Thomas Hospital and Thomas Medical Center.