What is a Carotid Duplex Exam
A Carotid Doppler exam is an ultrasound test used to evaluate the arteries in your neck to evaluate for any blockages or disease. For this test, you will lie on your back with a small pillow. The procedure takes approximately 30 minutes during which an ultrasound transducer is moved along the neck using a clear ultrasound gel for the transducer. Pictures are taken of the blood vessels in the neck and recorded for the physician to interpret.
Symptoms you might experience if there were a blockage in my carotid arteries?
There are several signs and symptoms that you may experience such as:
(a noise or murmur heard in the neck when your doctor listens to your neck with a stethoscope)
(inability to speak)
or weakness on one side of your body
(transient blindness in one eye)
Preparing for the Test:
There is no need for any special preparation unless otherwise informed.