Carotid Ultrasound


Cerebral Ischemia or stroke is one of the leading causes of death in the world. Cerebral Ischemia may manifest itself with any or all of the following symptoms: 

  • Vision changes 
  • Dizziness 
  • Episodes of blacking out 
  • Headache 
  • Transient confusion 
  • Weakness that may affect one or both extremities on one side of the body and may affect the face and tongue as well 
  • Numbness affecting limbs, face and tongue 
  • Speech changes
  • The carotid arteries are located on either side of the neck and carry blood to the brain. When a patient has symptoms of cerebral ischemia the carotid arteries will be evaluated for disease. Ultrasound is used to image the vessel for signs of atherosclerotic changes, (plaque build up or “hardening of the arteries”). 

Doppler is used to measure the velocity of the blood traveling to the brain in the carotid artery. The Doppler measurement s help to determine the severity of disease. 

Sound Health Imaging, Inc. employs only ARDMS (American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography) certified sonographers in vascular ultrasound. 



Frequently Asked Questions about Carotid Ultrasound

Is there a prep for my carotid ultrasound exam?

No, there is no prep.

If I have plaque in my arteries, is it possible that it could break off during the ultrasound and cause a stroke?

When we scan your neck, we use the lightest pressure possible. This little pressure and our sound waves are not strong enough to break off the plaque in your neck.

How do I schedule my ultrasound appointment at Sound Health Imaging?

You have a choice where your ultrasound is done. Tell your healthcare provider that you would like to have your ultrasound scheduled at Sound Health Imaging. Or you can call our office and make your ultrasound appointment and then bring your Doctor’s order with you at the time of exam.

Are you a network provider for Blue Cross and Blue Shield and New West Insurance companies?

Yes, we are premium providers for both Blue Cross and New West and bill all major insurances including Medicaid and Medicare. 

Is the Radiologist who reads the exam a network provider?

Sound Health Imaging contracts with Capital Radiology to interpret the ultrasound exams. We pay the radiologist for the interpretation, so the patient does not get a second bill from interpreting physician. 

How long does it take for my doctor to get the results of my exam?

Our goal is for your referring health care provider to receive the Ultrasound report the next business day following your appointment.