A higher coronary calcium-score suggests you have a higher chance of significant narrowing in the coronary arteries and a higher risk of future heart attack.
Who should get a calcium-score screening?
You should consider a calcium scan if you are between ages 40-70 and at increased risk for heart disease but do not have symptoms. People at increased risk include those with the following traits:
If you are less than 40 years old and high cholesterol runs in your family (familial hypercholesterolemia), you might consider a calcium scan
Have a 20 pack-year or more smoking history, and
Smoke now or have quit within the past 15 years, and
Are between 50 and 80 years old.
A low dose CT Scan of the chest is a very quick, painless procedure that takes only a few minutes to perform and exposes you to a much lower dose of radiation than a traditional chest CT scan. Your examination will be interpreted by a radiologist and your results are shared with your physician. If you have a finding on your CT that needs further evaluation, your doctor will talk to you about next steps.
The goal is to find cancers before they start to cause symptoms. The size of a breast cancer and how far it has spread are the most important factors in predicting the outcome.
A mammogram is an X-ray picture of the breast. It is the best way to detect breast cancer in its earliest, most treatable stage. It can find breast cancer that is too small for you, your doctor or a nurse to feel.
Mercy Health is equipped with the most advanced imaging technology including digital mammography, breast ultrasound and breast MRI to discover health issues, before they become problems.
We recommend regular screening mammography:
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