Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

What is a carotid Doppler ultrasound?

carotid arteries x-ray

Your carotid arteries are a pair of blood vessels located on each side of your neck to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your brain and head. In the event of a build-up of fatty deposits, called plaque, on the inside of your carotid arteries, the condition may lead to carotid artery disease, which may lead to a stroke.

A carotid ultrasound is a safe, simple and painless test used to assess the condition. It uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to generate images of any build-up inside your carotid artery.

A Doppler ultrasound/Doppler test may also be carried out to show the blood movement through your blood vessels. Your doctor will be able to fully evaluate the blood flow problem in your carotid arteries based on the results of both ultrasound tests.

Why do you need a carotid Doppler ultrasound?

It is important to detect this narrowing (stenosis) of your arteries early as the condition may cause clogging, which reduces the blood supply to your brain.

The plaque can also rupture and form a blood clot, which may block one of the brain’s smaller arteries and cause a stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

What are the risks and complications of a carotid Doppler ultrasound?

There are no known harmful effects for a standard diagnostic ultrasound.

Why choose Mount Elizabeth Hospitals?

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, we have built a reputation for quality cardiovascular care and treatment in Singapore and the region.

Our skilled cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons ensure our patients undergoing a carotid Doppler ultrasound receive accurate diagnosis and follow-up treatment.

They are supported by our dedicated team of specialty nurses and therapists who ensure that our patients undergoing any heart procedures get the care and focus they need.

Our cardiologists and neurologists

At Mount Elizabeth Hospitals, our reputation in cardiovascular health and treatment is established in the region.

Our specialists use sophisticated surgical techniques and medical equipment to help patients achieve good clinical outcomes.

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