Carotid Doppler

What is a Carotid Doppler?

A carotid doppler is an ultrasound study of the arteries located in your neck.  High frequency sound waves are used to obtain images of the structures inside the body.  Ultrasound imaging can help the clinician detect narrowing, or stenosis, of the carotid artery.

Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?

You clinician might have ordered this study for you based on symptoms you have reported such as dizziness, headaches, visual problems, or weakness.

How do I prepare for this exam/study?

There is no preparation for this study.

Who will be administering the exam/study?

Our office has ultrasound technicians that come over from Wayne Memorial Hospital to perform the study.

What will I experience during the exam/study?

The Carotid Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless procedure.  You will need to remove all jewelry, clothing, and any other objects for the area that will be studied.  You will be instructed to lie on your back on the exam table.  The technician will place a water-soluble gel on a transducer that directs high-frequency sound waves into the arteries or veins being studied.  The transducer will be rubbed across your neck.  The sound waves echo off your blood vessels and send the information to a computer to be interpreted by the clinician.  The computer will produce pictures that show the flow of the blood through the arteries and veins.

What should I do after the exam/study?

You may resume regular daily activities.

When will I receive the result of my exam/study?

You will receive the results from the study at your next follow up visit.  You may receive a phone call if you need to come in sooner based on results.  If you do not have a follow up visit scheduled, please call to schedule one.