Carotid artery disease occurs when plaque builds up in your carotid arteries, causing blockages and reducing the blood flow. A carotid ultrasound is a test that is used to view the carotid arteries in the neck to determine if plaque and blockages are present.
Before the test:
- No preparation is needed for this test.
During the test:
- You will be asked to lie on your back on the examination table.
- An ultrasound technician will apply gel onto your skin in the area of your carotid arteries. He or she will then press an ultrasound transducer to the area to help create images of your carotid arteries.
- Your test should last about 30 minutes.
After the test:
- Your doctor will view the images and notify you of the results within three to five days. A cardiologist will review and interpret the images and a report will be sent to your doctor