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.
A carotid ultrasound scan can show if there is narrowing or blockages in the neck arteries leading to your brain.
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.
The Carotid Arteries scan includes evaluation of:
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.