Carotid Ultrasound Doppler in Dallas, TX

A carotid ultrasound is a procedure used to evaluate the blood flow through the carotid arteries. The carotid artery is extremely important because it is the central artery that carriers blood from your heart to your head. These arteries can become narrowed or blocked which can lead to more serious conditions like artery disease or stroke. For adults ages 55 and older, your doctor may recommend that you receive routine carotid ultrasounds to ensure that your blood is flowing properly. At Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center, our expert technologists specialize in providing comprehensive carotid ultrasound exams to patients in Dallas, TX. By utilizing the latest in ultrasound technology our radiologists are able to provide physicians with accurate and timely results. If you are in need of a carotid ultrasound exam, contact our office at (214) 345-6905 and schedule an appointment today!

carotid ultrasoundHow it Works

During a carotid ultrasound, a sonographer places a probe known as a transducer against your neck. The transducer 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.

Other Uses of a Carotid Ultrasound

Carotid ultrasounds are also able to:

  • Locate a collection of clotted blood, known as a hematoma, that may be inhibiting blood flow
  • Evaluate blood flow through the carotid artery following surgery to remove plaque
  • Determine the efficiency of a recently placed stent
  • Detect other abnormalities of the carotid artery that can disrupt blood flow

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

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

Schedule an Carotid Ultrasound in Dallas, TX

Open 7 days a week, Southwest Diagnostic Imaging Center is a full-range, experienced, state-of-the-art imaging center in Dallas. Our mission is to provide unsurpassed patient care, the most advanced diagnostic imaging technology, and the highest standards of quality. If you are in need of an carotid ultrasound, please contact our office at (214) 345-6905 to schedule an appointment today!