Ultrasound of the carotid arteries 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.
The Carotid Arteries ultrasound scan includes evaluation of:
Common carotid artery
Internal carotid artery
External carotid artery
Reason for having a carotid artery ultrasound scan are:
Family history of stroke or heart disease
Known coronary artery disease
The scan includes:
Ultrasound report and if needed, a follow up recommendation.
No preparation for this ultrasound scan is necessary.