Carotid Ultrasound

What is a Carotid Ultrasound?

A Carotid Ultrasound is a non-invasive test used to identify narrowing of the arteries, plaque build-up or changes to blood flow in the main arteries of your neck.

How does it work?

Ultrasound gel will be placed on each side of your neck. The Sonographer will use a small hand-held device that emits sound waves to produce images of your Carotid arteries. From those images, an assessment of your Carotid and Vertebral arteries is made and then reviewed by a Vascular Surgeon. 

How do I prepare for the test?

No special preparation is required for a Carotid Ultrasound. Eat, drink and take your medication as usual. Wear clothing that can be easily removed from the waist up. 

How long does the test take?

A Carotid Ultrasound takes approximately 15-30 minutes.