Carotid Ultrasounds

Definitions and examples of Carotid Ultrasounds are presented in two views.


What is a Carotid Ultrasound?

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.

carotid ultrasound in two views

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.

Getting a Carotid Ultrasound:

Before the Ultrasound
During the Ultrasound
After the Ultrasound


Ultrasound of carotid artery in two views

Above: Ultrasounds can measure the conditions, including blood flow, of the carotid artery.

carotid ultrasound presented in two views

Carotid ultrasounds are painless and can be done with little to no stress.

Ultrasound of carotid in two views

Above: Another view of the carotid artery.

carotid ultrasound here in two views

Carotid ultrasounds are performed on both men and women for a variety of reasons.

Ultrasound of carotid in two views

Above: Another view of the carotid artery.

carotid artery ultrasound two views

Views of the carotid artery, the main artery in your neck, are common ultrasound tests.


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