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Doctor insights on: Carotid Ultrasound Complications

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What can you detect with a carotid ultrasound?

What can you detect with a carotid ultrasound?

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). ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Sonogram (Definition)

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


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Where should I go to take a carotid ultrasound?

Where should I go to take a carotid ultrasound?

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. ...Read more

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What are the normal ranges for ultrasound carotids?

What are the normal ranges for ultrasound carotids?

In my practice: we refer to the Carotid Artery Stenosis Consensus Conferrence criteria when evaluating carotid doppler. Simply looking at just number values is helpful but not entirely accurate. Please go over results with your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the limitations of carotid ultrasound imaging?

What are the limitations of carotid ultrasound imaging?

A lot: Mri is superior. Utrasound reliable in total block or excellent flow but unable to determine degrees of stenosis. ...Read more

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I would like chart of normal ranges for ultrasound carotids?

I would like chart of normal ranges for ultrasound carotids?

In my practice: we refer to the Carotid Artery Stenosis Consensus Conferrence criteria when evaluating carotid doppler. Simply looking at just number values is helpful but not entirely accurate. Please go over results with your doctor. ...Read more

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

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

Very important.: The standard test involves checking both sides. Plaque may be silently building up on one or other side. ...Read more

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What does it mean for me when my carotids are 95% occluded on ultrasound?

95% Blocked: Ultrasound is a great way to determine how blocked the carotid arteries are. It turns out that the more blocked they are the greater the risk for a stroke. Even if you are not having a symptoms (mini-stroke or actual stroke), a blockage of 80% or greater is enough to warrant a carotid endarterectomy. If you are having symptoms, then a blockage of 50% or greater is enough to warrant surgery. ...Read more

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How is an ultrasound of carotids done?

How is an ultrasound of carotids done?

Carotid ultrasound: Carotid ultrasound is performed using a gel on the skin and by applying a probe to the neck adjacent to the carotid arteries. The probe uses sound waves to measure the width of the vessel, the velocity of blood flow, and other variables. ...Read more

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Can a person be allergic to carotid ultrasound?

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. ...Read more

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