The radiation exposure of a GE CT Heart Scan is low. Typical, less accurate CT or CAT scans can expose you to up to 20 times more radiation. With an GE CT Heart Scan, there are no shots, no dyes to drink, no fasting and no medications to take. The GE CT Heart Scan is an open structure, making it non-claustrophobic. Come in dressed as you normally would with NO PREP.
The entire scan takes only a few minutes. After your scan is complete, our radiologist will prepare a full report, pointing out any significant calcium buildup within the arteries. Your radiology report will determine whether further diagnostic testing is recommended.
What factors put someone at risk for heart disease? Just as everyone in their late 40s and 50s should begin undergoing regular colon exams and mammograms, people over the age of 35 with specific cardiac risk factors should consider having a GE CT Heart Scan performed on a regular schedule.
If you are over the age of 40 and have any of the following, you are considered an optimal candidate for the GE CT Heart Scan.
- High stress
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol, triglycerides
- Tobacco usage, including prolonged exposure to secondhand smoke
- Family history of heart disease
You do not have to be referred by a physician to take the test, although they often may recommend it. Many scanning patients are, in fact, self-referred. And the reason given most often for taking it?
To gain a peace of mind that cannot be measured in dollars.
After the scan, you are given a score representing coronary calcification. First the score is compared to others of the same sex and age group. Doing this allows us to see how your heart health measures up to people in your age range.
Radiologists review the scoring and finalize the interpretation for a complete report. When a complete report is prepared, you may also wish to receive helpful advice on what therapy is most appropriate for you, if necessary.
Because the GE CT Heart Scan creates such precise results, your primary care physician and/or cardiologist can use follow-up scans to monitor your progress over time.