What is a Carotid Duplex Scan?
A Carotid Duplex Scan provides a two-dimensional ultrasound image of the carotid arteries in the neck. The study is referred to as duplex because it uses two types of ultrasound, Doppler and B-mode, to view the arteries as well as the speed and direction of the blood flow from the heart through the neck to the brain.
Why is a Carotid Duplex Ultrasound done?
A Carotid Ultrasound gives doctors information about the arteries in the neck:
- The blood flow through the arteries to the face and brain.
- The presence of plaque within the arteries.
- The cause of “bruits”, a blood flow murmur heard by the doctor.
What can I expect during my Carotid Duplex scan?
A clear gel will be placed on your neck, and the technologist will scan your arteries with a transducer (a microphone-like device) that will show pictures of the arteries and listen to the blood flow within them.
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When will I know the results of my test carotid duplex ultrasound?
Your cardiologist will review the findings of the Carotid Ultrasound with you on your next office visit. Make sure that you have a follow-up appointment scheduled as the results of this test cannot be given over the telephone.
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If you are interested in learning more about our Carotid Duplex Scan or other Cardiology services, please call us at (480) 641-5400. CVAM’s four Arizona offices are located in Mesa, Queen Creek, Gilbert, and Chandler.