Why should I consider a Heart Scan at Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg?
Heart disease is the number one killer for both men and women in America and often has few visible symptoms. Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg has several convenient locations throughout the area, with extended hours on nights and weekends. For convenient locations and directions, please click here.
How does a Heart Scan work?
Our Heart Scan is a non-invasive screening tool that measures the amount of calcium (plaque) in the coronary arteries.
Using a high-speed CT scanner, we look inside the heart and its arteries for calcium build-up. This measures and scores the amount of calcium in the coronary arteries and helps determine your risk for heart disease. The Heart Scan also detects plaque years before stress testing. The Heart Scan is painless and takes less than 30 minutes.
A radiologist will interpret your results. With these results, your physician can recommend lifestyle changes to help slow, stop, or even reverse heart disease.
Who should consider a Heart Scan?
Men age 40-plus, women age 45-plus, or people with one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or a family history of cardiac disease should consider a Heart Scan.
Is the Heart Scan safe?
Patients often worry about the amount of radiation they will receive, but this test is safe. The radiation dose for this scan is equivalent to living a year in Denver and being exposed to the natural background radiation found there.
Who do I contact about a Heart Scan?
To find out if a Heart Scan is right for you, call the VA HealthScan Coordinator at 540.741.7644 to schedule an appointment.
Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg is the region's comprehensive imaging and radiological diagnostic provider. This service, jointly owned by Mary Washington Healthcare and Radiologic Associates of Fredericksburg, is dedicated to providing the safest and most advanced imaging and diagnostic studies for our patients. For convenient locations and directions, please click here.
VA HealthScan is the screenings program at Medical Imaging of Fredericksburg and offers preventative screening for colorectal cancers, heart disease and lung cancer.