Frequently Asked Questions

What does the scan involve?

It is a completely non-invasive test. You don’t even have to take off your clothes. It doesn’t hurt. There are no injections, no dyes and no medications required. You simply lie down on a special table and hold your breath for several seconds. Most people are amazed at how fast and simple it is.

Will I be exposed to radiation?

Because EBT captures images so rapidly, it offers very little radiation exposure – about as much as you’d experience on a cross-country commercial flight. That makes EBT extremely safe.  Other types of “heart scans” expose you to up to ten times as much.

Isn’t it enough to get my cholesterol tested?

Doctors evaluate information from many sources to try to determine who is at risk for heart disease: family history, cholesterol levels, blood pressure, C-reactive protein levels, weight, activity levels. But all that information combined can provide only a calculated guess of your risk. EBT provides a definitive picture of plaque build-up in your heart.

I just had a stress test. Do I still need an EBT?

Unfortunately, stress tests, and other cardiac diagnostic tests, only detect disease at its later stages, when greater than 60% of an artery is blocked. At that point, your condition may require coronary stenting or even bypass surgery. The purpose of EBT is to find and treat the disease at earlier stages, so surgery and angioplasty can be avoided.

Do I really want to know how healthy my heart is?

Consider this: you could save your own life. Heart disease isn’t something that “just happens” out of the blue. It is a slow process. If your EBT scan detects coronary artery disease, you and your doctors can take steps to stop or even reverse that process.

How will I get my results?

The images from your EBT scan will be reviewed by a cardiologist. Then a detailed report will be mailed to you and your physician. Typically, you can expect your report in about a week.

In the event the EBT scan detects a significant problem, one of our cardiologists will contact you and your physician to make sure that you receive appropriate care as soon as possible.


Coronary Artery Disease

Just as a mammogram detects breast cancer before it can be felt, EBT detects coronary artery disease before symptoms appear – when it is most treatable.