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Carotid Ultrasound Exam
What is a carotid ultrasound exam?
A carotid ultrasound exam is an ultrasound test that assists your physician in determining whether you have any disease process in the carotid/vertebral arteries in your neck. The carotid artery is the blood vessel that brings blood to your brain. This test may be ordered to help diagnose a bruit (murmur) in your neck, a stroke, a TIA, dizziness, headaches or vertigo. It may also be used as a screening for candidates for cardiac or vascular surgery.
What can I expect before the exam?
There is no preparation for the exam.
What can I expect during the exam?
You will be asked to report to the Heart and Lung Center at Portsmouth Regional Hospital.
You will be asked to report 15 minutes early to register for your appointment.
A qualified technologist will perform your exam.
You will be asked your pertinent medical history.
Please bring a complete list of your present medications with you.
You will be asked to remove any and all jewelry from your neck and to unbutton any shirt at the neck.
You will be asked to lie down on a bed with your head down.
The technologist will obtain images utilizing an ultrasound probe covered with gel that will be moved over each side of your neck.
You will hear some sounds during the exam. These are normal, computer simulated noises.
How long will the test take?
The procedure will take 30-45 minutes with the technologist.
What can I expect after the exam?
You will be able to return to your normal activities without restriction.
The results will be forwarded to your physician, who will discuss them with you at a later date.