Carotid Artery Screening
Highly advanced ultrasound to determine the health of your arteries
Carotid artery screening is necessary to help assess the flow of blood through the arteries that lead to brain and to identify the location and scope of potential blockages caused by the buildup of plaque (a fatty, waxy substance) in the arteries. Plaque buildup can lead to dangerous and even life-threatening strokes.
One of the most reliable methods of determining the condition of your carotid arteries is through the use of ultrasound imaging. This is a non-invasive procedure in which sound waves are used to create images of the carotid artery being studied.
A safe, painless procedure
In general, ultrasound is a low-risk procedure; however, you should discuss potential concerns with your Hurley physician before the carotid artery screening. Before the procedure begins, your Hurley physician will conduct a thorough physical examination, and you will be asked about your eating habits, whether or not you smoke, and other questions that may relate to your medical condition. There is generally no special preparation required by patients before the procedure. Ultrasound imaging can occur as either an outpatient procedure or as an inpatient procedure if you are hospitalized for treatment of another condition.
During the procedure:
You will be asked to remove any jewelry or clothing that might interfere with the examination. If you are asked to remove articles of clothing, you will be given a gown to wear. You will be asked to lie down on a table and a gel will be applied to the skin over the area that will be scanned. During the procedure, you will be asked to lie as still as possible. A small device will be rubbed over the area being tested, which sends out and receives the sound waves. During the test, you may hear certain sounds that indicate the flow of blood through your carotid arteries. When the test is complete, the gel will be wiped off.
After the procedure:
No specific self-care is required after an ultrasound procedure. Your Hurley physician will discuss the results of the test with you.