Carotid Doppler Scan
The term vascular refers to the blood vessels. Therefore, vascular ultrasound imaging refers to the examination of the body’s circulatory system. This scan studies the speed and volume of blood flow using the Doppler phenomenon.
Strokes secondary to atherosclerotic disease is a major concern. Blood restriction to the brain by a flow limiting narrowing caused by atherosclerotic disease involving the extra-cranial carotid arteries is implicated in approximately 20 to 30% of strokes. Possibly 80% of strokes are thromboembolic ( blood clot) in origin often with carotid plaque as the source. A carotid ultrasound is the most non-invasive and cost effective screening modality to assess and diagnose suspected extra-cranial carotid artery disease.
Areas to be examined are as follows:
• Common carotid artery
• Internal carotid artery
• External carotid artery
• Vertebral artery
• Subclavian artery if indicated
The patient lies on an examination table with the head slightly elevated. The sonographer applies warm gel to the neck area on both the right and left side. The transducer or ultrasound probe is moved around so that images can be taken of the arteries. You will hear the sound of the blood flowing as the sonographer takes measurements of the blood flow. A full report of all the images and measurements taken will be sent to your doctor so the results can be discussed in depth with you at a time convenient for you and your doctor.
Note: Be prepared to spend at least 30 to 60 minutes at the clinic for this test. It depends on whether one or both extremities are being assessed.
Medical Card: €130.00
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