CT Cardiac Calcium Screening
An important advancement in early detection of heart disease.
What is the benefit of a screening?
The screening looks for calcium buildup
in the coronary arteries that supply blood
to the heart. High calcium scores equals
large amount of atherosclerosis which
puts you at higher risk for a heart attack.
The CT images and score will be sent
to your primary care physician who can
use this valuable information to make
recommendations for preventative action.
What is the cost of a screening?
The CT Cardiac Calcium Screening costs
just $99, with payment due at the time
of service. This amount includes the cost
of the scan and interpretation by our
physician. We do not bill your insurance
but will provide documentation to submit
to your insurance if requested. We accept
Visa, MasterCard and Discover.
What is the process for scheduling
You can schedule the screening through
your physician or call us directly at
541-382-9383 or 1-888-382-9383.
Where should you go for your scan?
Please come to the St. Charles Bend
campus and park on the north side of
the building. Enter through the lower
level entrance designated MRI/CT. Once
inside, follow the signs to the MRI/CT.
Cascade Medical Imaging and
St. Charles Bend have an advanced
64-slice Computed Tomography (CT)
scanner for the early detection of
coronary artery disease. The information
gained from this CT coronary calcium
scan is especially useful in devising a
comprehensive preventative plan to help
minimize your risks and maximize your
What is CT cardiac calcium
The extremely fast 64-slice CT, also
known as Multi detector CT (MDCT),
can take multiple pictures of the moving
heart in a few seconds. The measurement
of the amount of calcification provides
a way for physicians to determine if an
individual has an early build up of plaque
in the coronary arteries—known as
Who can benefit from a screening?
Anyone who may be at risk for heart
disease can benefit from a CT screening.
According to the American Heart
Association, the following are major
contributors and other risk factors for
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Family history of heart disease
- Being overweight
- Inactive lifestyle
It is important to remember that the CT
screening is only intended as an estimate
of your risk of heart disease or a heart
attack. Also, individuals with coronary
artery stents or a history of open heart
surgery are not good candidates for this
screening. Talk to your doctor to find out
if calcium screening makes sense for you.
What does the scan involve?
The CT scan is safe, simple and painless.
You will not be asked to take off your
clothes, but we do ask that you not wear
any under wire bras or zippered tops. A
CT technologist will apply a few ECG
(electrocardiogram) pads. You will
lie on the scanner table and hold your
breath several times for approximately
20 seconds. No intravenous injection is
What happens after the scan?
One of our physicians will carefully
analyze your images and provide a report
to you and your primary care physician.
Your physician will then be able to discuss
the results with you.
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- Upper & lower extremity
- Calcium scoring
- Accredited by the American College of Radiology
Advanced level certification technologists