CAT scan - heart; Computed axial tomography scan - heart; Computed tomography scan - heart; Calcium scoring; Multi-detector CT scan - heart; Electron beam computed tomography - heart; Agaston score; Coronary calcium scan
Results are considered normal if the heart and arteries being examined are normal in appearance.
Your doctor can use the results of this test to determine your "calcium score." The score is based on the amount of calcium found in the arteries of your heart.
The test is normal (negative) if your calcium score is 0.This means the chance of having a heart attack over the next 2 to 5 years is very low. If the calcium score is very low, you are unlikely to have coronary artery disease.
Abnormal results may be due to:
Your doctor may also give you a "calcium score" after this test. If your calcium score is high, it means you have calcium buildup in the walls of your coronary arteries. This is a sign of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. The higher your score, the more severe this condition may be. Talk to your doctor about the results of your heart CT scan and calcium score.
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