Carotid arteries, found in the neck, serve an important purpose in the body, carrying blood from the heart to the brain. Any disruption in the carotid arteries can lead to serious health complications, including stroke. An ultrasound of the carotid arteries can determine if there is an obstruction or narrowing. Midstate Radiology Associates can perform this medical test.
What Is a Carotid Ultrasound?
An ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images from within the body. This noninvasive medical test can generate detailed images of the carotid arteries for further examination. Our radiologists will identify any abnormalities in the way blood flows through the neck’s blood vessels and make an accurate diagnosis.
Who Should Have This Procedure?
Carotid ultrasound is often used to detect stenosis, a medical condition that increases a patient’s likelihood of stroke. Your doctor may also order a carotid ultrasound if you have:
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Family history of stroke
What You Can Expect
Prior to a carotid ultrasound, there are no special dietary restrictions. Patients should wear loose-fitting clothing – ideally an open-necked shirt, so the technologist can access the neck.
During the procedure, the patient lies face-up on an examination table. Ultrasound gel is applied to the neck and a transducer sends high-frequency sound waves into the body. These sound waves bounce off the carotid arteries to produce detailed images. The results of the carotid ultrasound are then interpreted by your radiologist.
Does carotid ultrasound sound like the right procedure for you? Contact us to make an appointment today!