Carotid Doppler Ultrasound

What is a carotid Doppler ultrasound?

carotid arteries x-ray

Your carotid arteries are a pair of blood vessels located on each side of your neck to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your brain and head. In the event of a build-up of fatty deposits, called plaque, on the inside of your carotid arteries, the condition may lead to carotid artery disease, which may lead to a stroke.

A carotid ultrasound is a safe, simple and painless test used to assess the condition. It uses high-frequency ultrasound waves to generate images of any build-up inside your carotid artery.

A Doppler ultrasound/Doppler test may also be carried out to show the blood movement through your blood vessels. Your doctor will be able to fully evaluate the blood flow problem in your carotid arteries based on the results of both ultrasound tests.

Why do you need a carotid Doppler ultrasound?

It is important to detect this narrowing (stenosis) of your arteries early as the condition may cause clogging, which reduces the blood supply to your brain.

The plaque can also rupture and form a blood clot, which may block one of the brain’s smaller arteries and cause a stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

What are the risks and complications of a carotid Doppler ultrasound?

There are no known harmful effects for a standard diagnostic ultrasound.

Why choose Gleneagles Hospital?

At Gleneagles Hospital, our team of cardiologists and cardiothoracic surgeons are known in Singapore and the region for their expertise in treating complex heart conditions.

Our cardiovascular team offer a range of sophisticated treatment options and diagnostic tools such as a carotid Doppler ultrasound to provide our heart patients with optimal care.

Our cardiologists and neurologists

Patients with complex cardiovascular conditions from all over the world come to our specialists at Gleneagles Hospital for treatment.

Our team offers a range of sophisticated treatment options that return our patients to optimal heart health in a shorter time.

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