Coronary Artery Calcium Scan


Fifty dollars, Sixty Minutes – One Potentially Life-Saving Test

One in four individuals are at risk for heart disease.

Half will die, most without any symptoms.

The good news is that a CardioScan can help identify coronary artery calcium (CAC) buildup and help you take the necessary steps to prevent heart disease.

Thanks to CardioScan, 85% of heart disease cases can be slowed down or even stopped.  The key is early diagnosis.

Saint Luke’s was the first in Kansas City to offer CardioScan.  After more than a decade of success, CardioScan continues to be a vital tool in the fight against heart disease.

What is a CardioScan?

A CardioScan is a special type of CT scan that detects calcified plaque in your coronary arteries.

CAC in the arteries identifies the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD), commonly referred to as “hardening of the arteries”.  As more CAC builds up, your arteries get narrower, increasing the risk of heart attack.  However, early identification of CAC buildup can be treated and allows your provider to determine if any additional testing is required.

What is involved in the test?

The exam takes about five minutes and your results will be interpreted by one of our experts the same day as your testing.  There are no needles or pain involved, and a physician referral is not required for anyone over age 40.  The cost is only $50.

How does it work?

You will have three ECG leads placed on your chest while you lie back with your arms above your head.  You will need to hold your breath for 15-20 seconds, two or three times during the scan.  This special scanner is not confining and patients usually do not feel claustrophobic.  Following the test, your results will be explained by a registered nurse or exercise physiologist.  You will also be counseled on risk factor modification and have any questions answered.

What if calcium plaque is located?

Depending on your CardioScan results, we have a multitude of clinical experts on-hand to help plan a necessary course of action.

  • Minimal plaque buildup – If your scan indicates minimal calcium plaque, we can recommend a regimen of diet, exercise, and other lifestyle changes that will minimize or halt further development of heart disease.
  • Significant plaque buildup – If your scan reveals more significant plaque, we recommend a consultation with one of our cardiologists to evaluate your and make further recommendations regarding treatment and any additional testing.

Remember, early detection is the key to preventing heart events.

A CardioScan can be performed at our Saint Luke’s Hospital facilities at the Plaza, North, South, and East locations.  To schedule your appointment, call 816-932-5100 or visit online at

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