Understanding the diagnostic benefits of a carotid duplex scan

When it comes to heart health, the team of CVAM in Mesa, AZ will work with patients to provide the best diagnostic tools to ensure reliable results. We have a wide range of diagnostics in our state-of-the-art practice to give our doctors the ability to diagnose and treat a wide range of cardiovascular problems. At CVAM, we may recommend a carotid duplex scan, which is a specialized ultrasound device that uses both Doppler and B-mode ultrasound to help doctors visualize blood from in the neck area. This helps the doctor determine if the flow of blood from the heart to the brain is clear and free from plaque development.

Why might a doctor perform diagnostics with a carotid duplex scan?

Most often, this particular diagnostic tool is used to look for plaque blockage in the neck area to determine how the blood is flowing from the arteries of the heart to those in the face and brain area. It also helps when a doctor has noticed bruits, which is a murmur of blood flow detected by a professional during a physical evaluation.

How is a carotid duplex scan completed?

Patients who are schedule for a carotid duplex scan have no reason to be concerned. This simple diagnostic test is non-invasive and comfortable. The patient will have a clear gel that is administered onto the neck area. Our provider will then scan the arteries of the neck using a special device called a transducer. This device looks like a small handheld apparatus that is moved along the neck to scan the arteries. The cardiologist can review the images of the arteries and also listen to the blood flow within. Patients will then be advised as to the results of the testing and speak to their doctor about how the findings impact their heart health.

Request an appointment with CVAM today

Mesa, AZ patients who are in need of special cardiovascular care are encouraged to work with the team at CVAM to discuss diagnostic solutions to help provide answers to their heart concerns. Patients can call the office at (480) 641-5400 and request an appointment at 6116 East Arbor Avenue.