Ultrasound of the Neck – assessment of the carotid arteries in the neck
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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
You will need a referral letter from a GP with an Irish Medical Council (IMC) number. The referral letter needs to be dated within 6 months of the scan being carried out.
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. We aim to have the report delivered to your GP within 2 business days following your scan.
How long does a carotid Doppler ultrasound examination last?
The examination lasts for about 30 minutes.