Heart Health at Manhattan's Premier Radiology Facility: Coronary Calcium Scoring, Coronary CTA, Cardiac MRI

POSTED ON TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 04, 2014 AT 10:46 AM  by Dr. Marc Liebeskind

Take control of your heart health for American Heart Month. All of February, Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. is offering patients a special rate of $99 for a Coronary Calcium Scoring.

Heart disease, most commonly coronary artery disease (CAD), is the number one cause of death in the United States for both men and women. A positive calcium score may mean that CAD is present, even if you are not experiencing symptoms. Unfortunately, a heart attack is often the first sign of heart disease for nearly half a million Americans every year, according to the Heart Foundation. The benefit of Calcium Scoring is that it may allow for early diagnosis of heart disease, prior to showing signs or symptoms, when heart disease is most treatable.

Call 212-888-1000 or email scheduling@parkavenueradiologists.com to schedule your examination today.

What To Expect:

During your Calcium Scoring, you will be asked to hold your breath in ten second intervals while our advanced 64-slice multi-detector CT scanner acquires multiple images of the heart. A Calcium Scoring is a safe and noninvasive examination, lasting approximately five to ten minutes. There is no contrast or injection involved and you will be able to return to normal activities immediately following the exam. From the images taken during your examination, our team of board-certified radiologists is able to determine your cardiac score. Our doctors share their report with your referring provider, who discusses the findings with you and determines a plan of care. If your results test positive for calcification, the amount present on your arteries is known as the score. Using this score, you and your doctor may better determine necessary lifestyle changes and preventive measures to help avoid future heart disease or attack.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, those who are at moderate risk for heart attacks may be recommended to have a Coronary Calcium Scoring. Moderate risk means that there is a 10-20 percent chance of having a heart attack within the next ten years. Using the National Cholesterol Education Program's Risk Assessment Tool, you can calculate your 10-year risk and discuss your personal risk factors with your doctor. Risk factors for CAD, according to the American Heart Association, include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • High LDL Cholesterol
  • Low HDL Cholesterol
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Family History of CAD
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Age (over 45 for men; post-menopausal for women)
  • Obesity

If you have no risk factors, are at high risk for heart disease, or have already tested positive for heart disease, calcium scoring may not be the appropriate examination for you. For high risk patients, your doctor may instead recommend either a Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) or Cardiac MRI, both available at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C.

As one of the first outpatient facilities in Manhattan to install the latest generation of multi-slice CT scanners, we have the experience as well as the technology to achieve the highest quality noninvasive imaging of the coronary arteries.

Coronary CTA

Coronary CTA is becoming part of standard screening evaluations in high risk patients. The ability to visualize the vessel wall as well as the vessel lumen represents a unique advantage of CTA over conventional catheter angiography.

The multi-detector CT maximizes the sensitivity for small lesions due to its volumetric image acquisition with near isotropic imaging; due to the high number of detectors, image resolution is nearly identical in all 3 dimensions. Studies are evaluated by our team of board certified radiologists on a dedicated 3D workstation with proprietary vessel imaging software, providing a virtual image of the arteries.

Your examination is performed in less than 10 minutes and does not require sedation. After placing ECG leads on the chest an initial scan is performed to assess for calcification in the coronary arteries. Then a standard intravenous injection is performed. The scan itself requires approximately 10 seconds for image acquisition.

Cardiac MRI

Cardiac MRI is performed at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. on our state-of-the-art MAGNETOM Espree Open 1.5T MRI. With the Espree technology, there's no need to sacrifice accuracy for comfort.  By combining an exceptionally spacious open bore with a short design and powerful performance, our Open MRI maximizes comfort, precision and speed. Cardiac MRI may be used to evaluate patients with heart muscle damage following a heart attack, birth defects of the heart, heart tumors and growths, weakening or problems with the heart muscle, or symptoms of heart failure.

During the examination, which most often lasts between 30 to 60 minutes, detailed pictures of the heart and blood vessels are acquired from multiple views. Cardiac MRI is often recommended for patients when more information is needed following an echocardiogram or heart CT scan.

When it comes to heart health, at Park Avenue Radiologists, P.C. we offer our patients the care, consideration, and expertise to make them feel at ease while our advanced diagnostic tools image the heart, arteries, and vessels surrounding your heart. By the end of this decade, experts suggest heart disease will be the leading cause of death throughout the world. In order to begin to lower heart disease's troubling statistics, preventive measures should be considered.

To learn your calcium score, schedule your examination at our private ACR- Accredited Upper East Side radiology facility today:


For more information on cardiac imaging, please contact our knowledgeable personnel at information@parkavenueradiologists.com.

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