Why would someone need a Neck Ultrasound?

The major objective of an ultrasound in the neck is to screen patients for blockage or narrowing of their carotid arteries.

Neck Ultrasounds may also be performed if a patient has high blood pressure or an abnormal sound in the neck that is heard with the stethoscope.

Other reasons for performing a carotid ultrasound may be patient’s who have or may have diabetes, elevated blood cholesterol or a family history of stroke or heart disease.

A carotid ultrasound is also specifically performed to locate a hematoma, detect dissection of the carotid artery, check the condition of the carotid artery after a surgery, or verify the position of a stent placed in the neck.

Because ultrasounds provides real-time images, it is often used to guide procedures such as needle biopsies.

Ultrasound in or around the neck may also be used to guide the accurate placement or insertion of a catheter or drainage tube.

For these reasons, ultrasound is an effective way of examining many of the body's internal organs, including but not limited to the following list. Click any of the types below to read more about them.

Breasts (Mammories)
Heart & Blood Vessels
Knee Joint
Muscles & Tendons
Scrotum & Prostate
Therapeutic Uses
Thyroid Glands
Uterus, Overies & Fetus

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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