Carotid Doppler Scan

Ultrasound of the Neck – assessment of the carotid arteries in the neck (€140)

A carotid Doppler ultrasound scan serves to image the arteries in the patient’s neck to assess whether they are at risk for stenosis of these vessels or a stroke. The most common reason for referral for this procedure is when a bruit is heard by the patient’s doctor with a stethescope. This examination is a quick, non-invasive way of confirming or excluding blockage of the arteries or build-up of plaque which may pose a future threat to the patient.

This scan examines

  • Bilateral common carotid arteries
  • Bilateral carotid arteries
  • Bilateral internal arteries
  • Bilateral external carotid arteries
  • Bilateral vertebral arteries
  • Bilateral subclavian arteries (if requested)

Typical requests include

  • Carotid bruit
  • Query transient ischemic attack
  • Loss of sight
  • Query stenosis


How to prepare for a carotid ultrasound

No preparation is necessary.

What to expect from a carotid ultrasound?

Ultrasound gel is placed on the patient’s neck and the arteries are scanned with an ultrasound probe. Multiple images of these arteries are taken for analysis by a consultant radiologist. The results of the scan will be sent to the patient’s referring doctor within 48 hours of the examination being carried out.

How long does a carotid Doppler ultrasound examination last?

The examination lasts for about 30 minutes.