This procedure is performed to evaluate symptoms including dizziness, loss of memory, stroke, loss of control of your muscles and other findings that might result from the narrowing or blockage of vessels (carotid arteries) on either side of your neck.
No special preparation is required for this test. It takes approximately 30-45 minutes. You may want to wear loose clothing for this procedure, especially at the neck. Additionally, a blood pressure reading will be taken of your arms.
You will not feel any pain; however, you will feel mild pressure from the blood pressure cuff and the transducer.
The Cardiologist will read the ultrasound pictures on the day of your test. If the results are abnormal, your physician will be notified within 24 hours or the next business day and the nurse will contact you. If the results are normal, you will receive a letter within 5-7 days.