Carotid Ultrasound (Sonogram)

Carotid Duplex Ultrasound is a painless radiology exam used to help diagnose pain and evaluate the carotid area in a non-invasive manner. This exam can be used to check for abnormalities such as cysts or tumors.
Who should get a Carotid Ultrasound? Ultrasound of Carotid Duplex is usually ordered by doctors if you have these medical conditions that increase the risk of stroke:
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • High cholesterol
  • Family history of stroke or heart disease
  • Recent transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
  • Abnormal sound in carotid arteries (bruit), detected by your doctor using a stethoscope
  • Coronary artery disease

Carotid Ultrasound (Sonogram)

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When to test

Carotid Ultrasound is performed to screen patients for blockage or narrowing of their carotid arteries, which if present may increase their risk of having a stroke. It may also be performed if a patient has high blood pressure or an abnormal sound in the neck that is heard with the stethoscope.

Is there radiation involved?

No. Unlike X-ray imaging, there is no ionizing radiation exposure associated with ultrasound imaging. Patient will lay flat on for approximately 20 minutes.

When will I receive my results?

Once completed, you will receive your results within 3-5 business days in your LabFinder portal.

How do I prepare? Do I need to fast?

There is no preparation guidelines for carotid ultrasound.


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