Coronary Calcium Scoring is done to assess whether the arteries are blocked or narrowed by the plaque or not. It is a non-invasive method and can determine if the person is at an increased risk of a heart attack. It is also done to determine Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). CT Calcium Scoring uses special X-ray equipment to get clear images of the soft tissues and the blood vessels.
If the plaque grows inside the arteries of your heart, it can limit the flow of blood to the muscles of the heart. And, with this process, the doctor can determine if there is any possible coronary artery disease before you develop any symptoms.
Doctors may ask you to get a heart scan if they believe that you are at risk of heart disease. It is also done to determine whether CAD is present or not even if there is no symptom, and if it is present, then to what extent. Some of the major risks for CAD are –
Some benefits of CT Calcium scoring are –
The extent of CAD can be determined on the basis of the calcium scoring. Below is the table which shows the details about the calcium scoring and the presence of CAD accordingly.
|Presence of CAD
|No evidence of CAD
Minimal evidence of CAD
Mild evidence of CAD
Moderate evidence of CAD
Extensive evidence of CAD