About the Scan - Carotid Ultrasound

SMIL offers a carotid ultrasound exam to detect narrowing of the carotid artery, a condition that substantially increases the risk of stroke. The two carotid arteries are located on each side of the neck and carry blood from the heart to the brain. A carotid ultrasound exam may also be performed if a patient has high blood pressure, diabetes, elevated cholesterol, or a family history of stroke or heart disease.

A carotid ultrasound exam is performed to check for blocked or narrowing vessels. It can also check the state of the carotid artery after surgery and verify the position of a metal stent placed to maintain carotid blood flow.

A carotid ultrasound exam is safe and painless procedure that uses sound waves to examine the structure and function of the arteries in your neck. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation.

Learn more about how to prepare for a carotid ultrasound exam in the preparations for a carotid ultrasound exam section.

Learn more about carotid ultrasound exams in the benefits and risks of a carotid ultrasound exam section.

For a downloadable/printable PDF about this exam with preparation instructions click here.

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Appt started on time. Technician was pleasant and professional.
, Dec 18, 2017
I have to have X-rays every time I see the doctor due to the injuries. And I go here because he can access these fries office. This time it was a much better experience. It seems though they aren’t all on theme page. I always request a Cd of the XRays and the X-ray tech gave nepme a green card and said give it to the receptionist, she’ll write you name on it and hold it al the counter so she remembers she is waiting for it.....I tell thee ratio it’s this, she takes a sticky note , writes my last name on it and places it on her desk which is floating in papers.....the card you take out there is bright green and about 5x8...if she’d kept that she could hand it it worked out....but why doesn’t the left hand know what the right hand is doing. And which one of them intend the X-Ray tech was the manager of the department......so
, Dec 5, 2017
The staff was so very kind and helpful! The X-ray room was rather small though. It was hard to get in with my knee scooter. But the tech was so kind to help me navigate and move things. Everyone was great!
, Mar 7, 2018
Very nice building. Welcoming and pleasant space and atmosphere. The appointment was fast and efficient.
, Feb 1, 2018
How lucky I am to have SMIL. The most professional, skilled and caring people on earth are always there for me. Tough MRI for elbow but they put me at ease and did everything possible for my comfort. Thanks again - you’re the best! Linda K. Helm
, Oct 15, 2018