A Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring (CACS) exam uses computed tomography (CT) to take detailed pictures of your heart and detect subtle early warning signs of heart disease. Early detection can help your doctor determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
To have this exam, you must be at least 45 (men) or 55 (women), and have one or more of the following risk factors:
- family history of heart disease
- high cholesterol
- history of smoking
- high blood pressure
- high-stress lifestyle
- sedentary lifestyle
- 20 pounds or more overweight.
If you’re under 40, you may be eligible for a scan if it’s recommended by your radiologist in consultation with your primary care physician.
Cost and Your Results
Insurance companies typically don’t pay for these tests. Each exam is $400. A radiologist will review your exam and discuss it with you before you leave. You’ll receive a written report including recommendations for follow-up studies or referral to another physician, if necessary (usually covered by insurance).
It’s your responsibility to make arrangements for any recommended follow-up care. If you don’t have a primary care physician, please call our physician referral line at 417-269-INFO or use our online directory.