Ultrasound of the carotids is used to evaluate the main arteries of the neck that feed oxygenated blood to the brain. Sometimes, these vital arteries can be narrowed due to a build up of plaque. Narrowing of the vessels can increased the risk of stroke.According to the NHS Choices: When carotid ultrasonography is needed, it should happen within 48 hours and this why our clients do not want to wait for NHS ultrasound appointment as earlier diagnosis can lead to early treatment and sometimes save lives.
What is the purpose of this scan?
The Carotid Arteries scan includes evaluation of:
- Common carotid artery
- Internal carotid artery
- External carotid artery
- Vertebral artery
Reasons for having a carotid artery ultrasound scan:
- Family history of stroke or heart disease
- High cholesterol
- Recent stroke
- Known coronary artery disease
What is included with this scan?
- Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.
Preparation for this scan?
- No preparation for this ultrasound scan is necessary.
What should I expect?
Before the scan the sonographer will explain the examination procedure. You will be asked to lie on the examination couch and expose your neck. We will put a little warm jelly on your skin and a small ultrasound probe will be used to obtain images of your carotids. Sometimes you might hear a pulsating sound coming out of the scanner. This is nothing to worry and it what is called Doppler ultrasound.
During and after the examination our sonographer will explain the findings and an ultrasound report will be issued to take away with you.