I am female, 65 with a history of high cholesterol & high blood pressure. I had a heart scan through a walk in offer. No one explained any risk involved & I am now worried after researching. What risks are involved with a heart scan?
There is very minimal risk involved with receiving a heart scan. What we do is a CT of the heart and we provide you with a Cardiac Calcium Score Report which then helps to assess you risk factor for things such as blockages and heart attacks. The CT scan is a safe procedure because we do not use any contrast, dyes, or sedation, and it is considered to be natural background radiation- which on average would be about 250 milligray or 3.5 msv (so if you think about taking a flight from LA to London).
Published on Jul 11, 2012