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Can physicians detect carotid artery thinning with an ultrasound?

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Dr. Oliver Aalami
Surgery - Vascular
7 doctors agree

In brief: 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).

In brief: 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).
Dr. Oliver Aalami
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Dr. Shane Parmer
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: All seeing

While ultrasound is not necessarily "all seeing" it can be and is used by most physicians to diagnose and follow most conditions involving the extracranial carotid artery.
While I am not certain what carotid "thinning" is, ultrasound can detect stenosis, dissection, aneurysm formation, occlusion, etc and is typically the initial test of choice.

In brief: All seeing

While ultrasound is not necessarily "all seeing" it can be and is used by most physicians to diagnose and follow most conditions involving the extracranial carotid artery.
While I am not certain what carotid "thinning" is, ultrasound can detect stenosis, dissection, aneurysm formation, occlusion, etc and is typically the initial test of choice.
Dr. Shane Parmer
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