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Carotid Artery Ultrasound
Very: Carotid ultrasounds are very accurate. Not only can the plaque morphology be evaluated, but the degree of narrowing can be accurately estimated by measuring the peak systolic velocities. Complete carotid ultrasounds also evaluate the vertebral, subclavian and intracranial arteries. Ct angiograms are often done to confirm ultrasound findings prior to surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more
80-90% reliable : Studies have shown that in symptomatic patients and carotid duplex result of 70-99% then this is most sensetive and no more test is needed. If duplex results 50-69% then another test need to confirm that like cta or mra. If the results are below 50% then no need for other studies unless high clinical suspicion that require another study. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: Some studies suggest that by using carotid duplex and measuring intima media thickness we can detect early coronary artery disease with sensitivity of 85% but low specificity of 39% . It is a good screening test that is not invasive but not very accurate. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Carotid artery ultrasound but no thyroid nodules reported although nodules were detected on a prior scan. Can I trust the scan was done correctly?
Yes, with caveat: A carotid artery ultrasound is typically done with different technique and goals than a thyroid ultrasound. The carotid scan was probably done properly but if you need to re-evaluate a previously seen thyroid nodule I would suggest a thyroid ultrasound. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Enlarged lymph node in neck vs an enlarged carotid artery? Once ultrasound differentiates, then what? 3cm 2+mo fatigue normal chest X-ray and cbc
Yes, generally: Ultrasound is the best screening tool for carotid disease. It is non-invasive and gives flow data in real time. Carotid ultrasound is advised for people with multiple risk factors (age over 65, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, strong family history, smoking), people with symptoms of stroke or an abnormal noise (bruit) in the neck on exam. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have spasms in what feels like my left carotid artery I had an ultrasound of it a year ago what could this be should I be worried ?
I have a swishing in my carotid artery, had an ultrasound everything was clear is it possible that i just hear the blood flow but everything is fine?
Neck mass right side assumed lymph node 3cm 2+mo. Fatigue normal CBC chest xray. Ent now said may carotid artery. What can ultrasound determine?
Ultrasound: Can better show what the mass is. An enlarged lymph node looks very different from the carotid artery so this question can be put to rest with an ultrasound. ...Read more
Yes: Yes. Ultrasounds of the carotid arteries are very accurate. We typically look for blockages in the artery. We actually like to see "thin" (non-diseased) walls of the arteries. When we see thickened carotid artery walls in patients, this considered a marker for cardiovascular disease. (carotid intima-media thickness). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Very: As long as the portable ultrasound screening program is icavl accredited, the results will be 90%-98% accurate. Ultrasounds are operator dependent, that is why it is important that the ultrasound lab follow standard protocols to optimize results. Icavl is an acronym for... Intersocietal commission for the accreditation of vascular laboratories. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My doctor heard no bruits in my carotid arteries. Could there be any benefit, still, to an ultrasound of them?
I have to jave a ultrasound of my carotid artery. What would be wrong with carotid if it causes swelling of left sife of neck amd face?
More of a vein prob: The artery takes blood from the heart to the brain, the veins drain the blood from the brain back to the heart. If there is something blocking the return flow (the vein) then the increased pressure in the vein makes some fluid leak into the surrounding tissues. Also, the lymph channels drain down and those can get blocked and cause swelling. Many things can cause this, be sure to get all the tests. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Stroke 1yr ago surgeon said he could operate on my Carotid Arteries that are about 50% Blocked,when would a second Ultrasound be done from original?
Get a second opinion: That a surgeon says he can operate on your carotid artery that's 50%. Blocked is different from SHOULD it be. Typically 50% lesions are not intervened on either surgically or interventionally! Second has cause and effect been established? Your history states mitral valve repair - do u have any history of arrhythmia for instance? Last, another carotid US is definitively warranted to confirm severe ...Read more
If I have had an ultrasound of my carotid artery and it's unremarkable, what could a pulsating lump in my neck be?
Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
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