- Also called coronary calcium scan, calcium scan test, or cardiac CT for calcium scoring
- The heart scan uses a special type of X-Ray called a CT Scan. It takes pictures of your arteries, the vessels that carry blood away from your heart, to check for calcium.
- The coronary calcium scan tells you how much calcified plaque is in your heart's arteries. You and your doctor can take the results and decide if you need to make any changes to your medicine and lifestyle.
A coronary calcium score can help predict the likelihood that you have blockages building up in the arteries of your heart. As these blockages develop, they become mildly calcified, and that calcium can be seen on a special x-ray done in a CT scanner.