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Is $500 a fair price for a heart scan?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 06, 2011 at 12:32 AM

Been looking to get one of those calcium scores and found a close place. Emailed them and got the following back.

Is it a good price and is there some other testing mechanism that'll give me a calcium score for less?

Here is what I got emailed back:

*strong text*The Heart Scan is $495

Heart Scan / Electron Bean Tomography (EBT)

Research has shown the ViaScan heart scan to be the only proven method to detect early coronary disease in otherwise healthy (asymptomatic) people. The heart scan is read and interpreted by a board-certified radiologist who will calculate your calcium score - a measurement of calcified plaque within the heart and coronary arteries. The higher the calcium score, the greater the likelihood of a future coronary "event" such as a heart attack or the need for angioplasty, stents or bypass surgery.

According to the American Heart Association, the calcium score generated by the ViaScan is "the most powerful predictor" of future coronary events in apparently healthy people. The Wall Street Journal listed the ViaScan EBT heart scan as one of the "Five Tests Worth Paying For."

For the first time in EBT cardiovascular preventive history, plaque can be seen as small as 1 millimeter in size years or decades before substantial build up develops that results in heart attack or surgery. This enable you and your health care provider to take a proactive approach to your cardiovascular health.

If plaque is detected, then an iodine contrast is injected and a virtual angiogram enables you to see the degree of plaque blockage with accurate imaging. With ViaScan, you can see the plaque in the arteries before your options are limited to stents (70% Over the last couple of decades, other methods have been developed as ways to better detect atherosclerotic disease before it becomes symptomatic. These have included both (a) anatomic detection methods and (b) physiologic measurement methods.

Examples of anatomic methods include: (1) coronary calcium scoring by computed tomography, (2) carotid IMT (intimal medial thickness) measurement by ultrasound, e.g. IntiMaTe, and (3) IVUS. [source www.wikipedia.com]

Call to Book,

Via Scan 972-739-2840 offices 850-293-4576 cell

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on August 07, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Two different tests.

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on August 06, 2011
at 06:29 PM

You literally just call and ask them if there is a discount if you pay it all upfront in cash? Not trying to sound dumb, but I want to make sure I phrase it right if I ever try it.

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on August 06, 2011
at 12:45 AM

It was actually the 64 slice scan that Dr. William Davis writes about.

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on July 11, 2012
at 04:53 PM

The question should be: are you going to get $500 worth of value from the information they give you? Will it ease your mind to know your heart is OK? If it comes back that your heart is bad what changes will you make? Pretend you have all the data, what would you do with that data. How would you change your life depending on the different results you could get? If you know the paths you'd take, and it's worth $500 to get that data, then it's a fair price; otherwise, it's not.

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on June 27, 2012
at 03:03 PM

Oklahoma Heart Hospital -$50 in Oklahoma City http://www.okheart.com/heart-view-ct

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on August 07, 2011
at 03:37 PM

You guys are mixing up different tests, to answer the question above.

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on August 06, 2011
at 06:17 PM

Quoted prices are always higher than the cash price. Ask if there is a discount for cash payment.

60d555fc0ad4c1d228b99d66e762df30

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on August 06, 2011
at 06:29 PM

You literally just call and ask them if there is a discount if you pay it all upfront in cash? Not trying to sound dumb, but I want to make sure I phrase it right if I ever try it.

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on August 06, 2011
at 06:11 PM

Are we all talking about the same exact scans here? Is the $500 one the same as the $100 one?

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on August 07, 2011
at 03:37 PM

Two different tests.

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on August 06, 2011
at 01:09 AM

They go for $100 in Oklahoma.

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E3267155f6962f293583fc6a0b98793e

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on August 06, 2011
at 12:44 AM

My husband got one in Wichita, Ks at the Galicia Heart Hospital for $149. But the $495 sounds pretty good. When I originally called about one the price was over $1000.

E3267155f6962f293583fc6a0b98793e

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on August 06, 2011
at 12:45 AM

It was actually the 64 slice scan that Dr. William Davis writes about.

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