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My doctor heard no bruits in my carotid arteries. Could there be any benefit, still, to an ultrasound of them?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Yes, there can be carotid stenosis without audible bruits, so if your doctor is looking for stenosis, or characterization of atheromatous plaque, carotid ultrasound could be useful.

In brief: Yes

Yes, there can be carotid stenosis without audible bruits, so if your doctor is looking for stenosis, or characterization of atheromatous plaque, carotid ultrasound could be useful.
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, depends on hx

The stethoscope is a very blunt/insensitive test.
Plaque build up may be at the beginning stages, in which case u might see it on ultrasound (US) but not hear it - if atherosclerosis runs in ur family, the US wd b useful. If the plaque is very advanced, nearly blocking blood flow, then the same: it can be seen, but not heard. Again, the US is helpful as it cd validate symptoms of a stroke or TIA.

In brief: Yes, depends on hx

The stethoscope is a very blunt/insensitive test.
Plaque build up may be at the beginning stages, in which case u might see it on ultrasound (US) but not hear it - if atherosclerosis runs in ur family, the US wd b useful. If the plaque is very advanced, nearly blocking blood flow, then the same: it can be seen, but not heard. Again, the US is helpful as it cd validate symptoms of a stroke or TIA.
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