What is a heart CT scan?
A heart CT scan, also referred to as a cardiac CT scan, is an imaging test that uses X-rays to create detailed pictures of the heart and its blood vessels.
This simple, non-invasive test detects problems — such as calcium build-up in the coronary arteries — that can lead to heart disease, heart attack and other serious conditions. Using this vital information, your doctor can discuss any necessary treatments, as well as help you take steps now to reduce your risks and improve your heart health.
How do I get a heart CT scan?
A heart scan costs $95. Currently, heart CT scans are not covered under most insurance plans, so you must pay out-of-pocket for the test.
Once you have the order from your primary care doctor or cardiologist, please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to schedule the test.
Who should get a heart CT scan?
Your doctor may recommend that you get a heart CT scan if you are between the ages of 40 and 75, have not previously been diagnosed with heart disease and have at least two of these risk factors:
- Family history of heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Physically inactive
Please note: You cannot have this test if you are pregnant.
What can a heart CT scan detect?
The heart CT scan can reveal several types of heart abnormalities, including the following:
- Plaque build-up in the coronary arteries (to determine your risk for heart disease)
- Congenital heart disease (heart problems present at birth, which can cause health issues in adulthood if left untreated)
- Heart valve defects and diseases
- Blockages in the arteries that supply the heart
- Tumors or masses in the heart
- Problems with the heart's ability to pump
How do I learn the results of my heart CT scan?
The results of your heart CT will be sent to your doctor, who will share the results with you, order any necessary follow-up testing and discuss next steps.
Please call (888) 352-RUSH (7874) to schedule a heart CT scan or for more information about this heart disease screening test.