Your Cardiac CT Results
A board-certified radiologist with Radiology Imaging Associates (RIA) is interpreting your images. A report with the results of the procedure performed today will be sent within 24-48 hours to your physician, who will share the results with you.
A negative cardiac CT scan shows no calcification within the coronary arteries. This suggests that CAD is absent or so minimal it cannot be seen by this technique. The chance of having a heart attack over the next two to five years is very low under these circumstances.
A positive test means that CAD is present, regardless of whether or not you are experiencing any symptoms. The amount of calcification—expressed as the calcium score—may help to predict the likelihood of a myocardial infarction (heart attack) in the coming years and helps your medical doctor or cardiologist decide whether you may need to take preventive medicine or undertake other measures such as diet and exercise to lower the risk for heart attack.
The extent of CAD is graded according to your calcium score:
|Calcium Score||Presence of CAD|
|0||No evidence of CAD|
|1-10||Minimal evidence of CAD|
|11-100||Mild evidence of CAD|
|101-400||Moderate evidence of CAD|
|more than 400||Extensive evidence of CAD|
Accessing Your Results
A CD of your study can be made and checked out to you with the proper identification (ID). If you send a family member to pick up your CD, they must have a signed note from you, the patient, and present their ID to take the CD.