What are Carotid Ultrasounds?

Carotid ultrasounds are done specifically to view the carotid arteries which supply the brain with blood. There is one carotid artery on each side of a person’s neck.

A carotid ultrasound can show whether a substance called plaque has narrowed these arteries, a condition called carotid artery disease.

A carotid ultrasound test may include a Doppler ultrasound to show this condition even clearer than conventional ultrasounds.

Carotid ultrasounds are also performed in patients with transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or strokes to determine whether there is a decreased blood supply to the brain. They can also monitor the condition of stents and surgery in and around the neck area.



Most all ultrasounds basically work the same, but there are a few major differences in these six types of ultrasounds that set them apart. We will explain them further by simply clicking one from list below:

Doppler ultrasound
Obstetric Ultrasound
3-D and 4-D ultrasound
Echocardiograms
Carotid ultrasound






GOOD SOURCES FOR FURTHER READING: Dictionary of Medical Terms, 4th Edition, from A&C Black Publishers Ltd., Grey's Anatomy, The Classic Collector's Edition, by Henry Gray, Mayo Clinic Family Health Book, Second Edition by Mayo Clinic, Howard Gallager, Mayo Foundation, Women's Health, Men's Health and Health for Seniors all by Professor Peter Abrahams, the National Cancer Institute, the American Medical Association, the National Medical Association, the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Radiology, National Department of Health and Human Services





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