One tool that can help determine if a person has atherosclerosis – a potentially life-threatening condition – is a test called calcium scoring. Coronary calcium is a marker for plaque (fatty deposits) in a blood vessel or atherosclerosis. These calcium deposits can appear years before the development of heart disease symptoms, such as chest pain and shortness of breath.
We now offer this test at Auburn Diagnostic Imaging utilizing our 64-slice CT scanner. It only takes a few minutes, and the radiation exposure is minimal. No advance preparation is required, and no IV agents or sedation are used.
If you think you would benefit from a calcium scoring test, discuss it with your physician. Call (334) 826-3246 for more information or to schedule an appointment.