Carotid Ultrasound in Newton, NJ

A carotid ultrasound is a procedure used to evaluate the blood flow through the carotid arteries.

How it Works

During a carotid ultrasound, a sonographer presses a transducer against your neck, which then emits sound waves that echo to produce an on-screen image of the carotid arteries. This image allows the physician to determine if the arteries are narrowed or blocked, which can greatly increase an individual’s risk of stroke.

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Other Uses of a Carotid Ultrasound

Carotid ultrasounds are also able to perform a number of other services like:

  • Locating of a collection of clotted blood, known as a hematoma, that may be inhibiting blood flow
  • Evaluation of blood flow through the carotid artery following surgery to remove plaques
  • Determining the efficiency of a recently placed stent
  • Detection of other abnormalities of the carotid artery that can disrupt blood flow

Typically, a physician will recommend a carotid ultrasound if the patient has certain types of strokes or another medical condition that can increase the risk of a stroke such as:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • A family history of stroke or artery disease
  • A recent transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke
  • An abnormal sound in carotid arteries (bruit)

Additional Testing

There are several tests that are similar to a carotid ultrasound and can examine blood flow within other areas of the body. These types of tests include:

Schedule a Consultation in Sussex County

If you’re seeking a carotid ultrasound, contact one of our cardiologists at Cardiology Associates of Sussex County today! Call (973) 579-2100 to schedule a consultation or schedule your appointment online. We have offices in Newton, Vernon, Franklin, and Milford.

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