We look at the carotid arteries (in the neck) for presence of arterial disease, to assess what it looks like (morphology) and see if this is causing a significant narrowing or blockage.
Common indications for performing this examination:
An electronic ultrasound report of the examination including any measurements same day as your appointment.
During the scan you will be asked to loosen any clothing around the neckline and gel will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound probe will then be placed on your skin and moved along your neck. An image will appear on the monitor which will be translated by a professionally qualified Ultrasonographer. The examination lasts around 15-20 minutes and is pain free. At the end of the examination the Ultrasonographer will give you a verbal report with a formal ultrasound scan report with any recommendations being sent to you which you can take to your regular healthcare professional.
There is no real preparation when coming to have a carotid duplex ultrasound examination. Please try to wear loose clothing.
Please bring along any information / medical notes / reports which are in relation to a carotid duplex ultrasound examination as they may provide useful information for the scan.