CAN YOUR YEARLY MAMMOGRAM PREVENT HEART DISEASE?
American Roentgen Ray Society (ARRS) 2015 Annual Meeting: Abstract 1226.
For years, we have used “cardiac calcium” scores to help predict and prevent heart disease. Our biggest obstacle has always been getting insurance companies to cover the test. (There a several radiology practices that will perform this for only $50- at one time it cost over $400).
Radiologists at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in new York City have discovered that breast arterial calcium scoring done on routing digital screening mammograms were predictive of underlying coronary calcification in 69% of their patients! Even though the actual “calcium scores” were different they were able to correlate cardiac risk when comparing the mammogram to a standard CT scan of the chest.
Let’s hope that our local radiologists will incorporate this in their reports that are sent to the office.