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MDH Offers CT Heart Scans

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MACOMB, Ill. – McDonough District Hospital announced plans to expand availability to a special program through the Radiology Department.

Starting Monday (May 9), patients can schedule a CT heart scan through the Radiology Department at a reduced cost of $99. This is a self-pay test and must be paid for in advance or at the time of the appointment.

MDH first offered this CT heart scan to area first responders, and will now make this procedure available to the general public.

According to the American Heart Association, almost half of all heart-related deaths occur in people with no previous history of heart disease symptoms. This simple CT heart scan serves as a coronary calcium scoring screening that may help identify individuals who may need treatment. A calcium-score screening test uses computerized tomography (CT) to detect calcium deposits in the coronary arteries.

“Heart disease continues to rank among one of the most common health issues we face, and there are steps you can take to help prevent this,” said Director of Radiology Milton Griffin, RT (R), BS, MHCA. “If you have a family history of heart disease, you may benefit from the CT heart scan. We are proud to offer this procedure now to all our patients, and at a special reduced cost.”

Test results are read by the Radiologist, and patients have the option of following up with their primary care provider or Blessing Health System Cardiology.

Patients wanting to schedule an appointment can call (309) 836-1550. Appointment times are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. or after regular hours by special request.