Coronary Artery Calcification Screening

Preventative Scanning Screening using the Coronary Artery Calcification Scan

Coronary artery calcification (CAC) scan (also known as calcium scan test)  is a CT scan of your heart that detects and measures the amount of calcium present in the walls of your coronary arteries. This allows CAC scans to be used as a preventive screening measure for coronary heart disease (CHD) to better manage at-risk and asymptomatic patients alike. A panel of expert cardiologists that presented during Right Care Initiative 2015 Summit provided us with data showing that use of CAC scanning can be used as a marker of CHD and improve outcomes.

The following algorithm is a recommendation from that panel:

CAC Expert Panel Algorithm







CAC Expert Panel – (Presentation) (Video Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3)

Right Care Initiative Research Team Subject Brief: Coronary Artery Calcium Screening for Early Detection of Coronary Artery Plaque to Determine Risk for Heart Attack and Potential Need for Preventive Medication

Additional Literature on Guidelines, Treatment and Recommendations for Asymptomatic Adults and CAC Scores

Cardiovascular Risk Calculators:

  1. Astro-CHARM – 10-Year ASCVD Risk Calculator with Coronary Artery Calcium
  2. American College of Cardiology atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk calculator tool:
    ASCVD Calculator Logo
  • Screening: $150 cash price Coronary Artery CT Scans available at leading California medical centers in 3 major metro areas (San Jose; Sacramento; and Los Angeles):
    Stanford Health Care; LA BIOMED IN Los Angeles; and UC Davis Medical Center Preventive Cardiology are lowering the barrier to receiving the coronary artery calcium scan as a preventive screening test by offering it to patients for a cash price of $150 to receive this precision prevention information for understanding patients’ actual risk profile.

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