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
Query transient ischemic attack
Loss of sight
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?