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where should i go to take a carotid ultrasound?

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Dr. Vicken Pamoukian
General Surgery 25 years experience
At a vascular lab: You should preferrentially go to an accredited vascular lab. You should ask if the vascular lab or radiology center is icavl approved and if they do many carotid vascular studies. There is a lot of dependence on the technician for the result on carotid ultrasounds, and errors can occur and maybe dangerous.
Dr. Linda Harris
Vascular Surgery 34 years experience
Accredited Lab: You should find an icavl accredited vascular lab. Many physicians will perform studies. The icavl is a multidisciplinary organizations that accredits labs- which means that the tests are more likely to be accurate. Vascular surgeons, cardiologists, radiologists, and neurologists all participate in this process.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

What can you detect with a carotid ultrasound?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Narrowing: Usually done to look for narrowing (stenosis) of the lumen (open area between the walls where blood flows through the an artery) of the internal and common carotid arteries on both sides (right and left).
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A 25-year-old member asked:

Can a person be allergic to carotid ultrasound?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
The gel?: It is impossible to be allergic to the actual ultrasound waves. It may be possible to be allergic to the ultrasound gel. Ask to use a different gel if you are having a skin reaction.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

How important is it to have carotid ultrasound on both sides?

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Dr. William Purtill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
Very important.: The standard test involves checking both sides. Plaque may be silently building up on one or other side.
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A 40-year-old member asked:

Is a carotid duplex different from a carotid ultrasound or not?

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Dr. William Purtill
Specializes in Vascular Surgery
No: The complete name of the test is carotid duplex ultrasound.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is it possible for a carotid ultrasound to cause a stroke?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Vascular Surgery 23 years experience
No: As a rule, ultrasounds do not cause strokes.

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