Multiple studies have shown that the total amount of calcium in your coronary arteries (based on your age and gender) correlates with your risk of heart attack. At UCSD we have state-of the art CT scanners to image your heart and powerful 3D imaging tools to find and calculate your total calcium score.
At UCSD, you benefit from the expertise of our cardiologists as well as our radiologists, since they work in tandem. Our cardiac radiologists have found how to obtain excellent images of your heart with the lowest radiation dose.
For this exam, it is important to have a relatively low and steady heart rate so that the images are not blurred by heart motion. You will take a oral medication one hour prior to the exam. This should help to keep your heart rate at or below 70 beat per minute. Our caring staff of nurses and doctors will monitor your heart rate before and during the exam for the best possible images. The actual scan takes only a few minutes, but the preparation before hand can take as long as one hour.