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Will a CT of chest....Show calcium build up in an artery? I heard of a full body CT showing that in someone, their heart. Would a CT of chest show it?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
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In brief: Yes

Ct of the chest is not tailored to quantitate calcium score of the coronary arteries, but the amount of calcium seen can suggest the degree of disease.
This finding usually leads to cta or heart cath if severe.

In brief: Yes

Ct of the chest is not tailored to quantitate calcium score of the coronary arteries, but the amount of calcium seen can suggest the degree of disease.
This finding usually leads to cta or heart cath if severe.
Dr. Michael Korona
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Dr. Gregory Hines
Family Medicine
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In brief: Not really

You would need a cardiac ct scan which can show calcium build up in the coronary arteries, but it does expose you to about a years worth of radiation in one test, so choose wisely.
And, in the absence of symptoms, you might not be able to get your insurance to cover it.

In brief: Not really

You would need a cardiac ct scan which can show calcium build up in the coronary arteries, but it does expose you to about a years worth of radiation in one test, so choose wisely.
And, in the absence of symptoms, you might not be able to get your insurance to cover it.
Dr. Gregory Hines
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