Arterial - Carotid Doppler(Stroke Scan)


Here we provide a few questions and answers to offer you more information about your carotid private ultrasound scan:

If you have any of the following risk factors, we recommend you to have a carotid ultrasound scan:

  • Take your relevant medical history
  • Provide 10 minutes consultation
  • perform common carotid arteries, internal carotid arteries, external carotid arteries, and vertebral arteries colour Doppler Ultrasound (Carotid Duplex Ultrasound).
  • Explain all findings during and after your ultrasound scan
  • Write an official scan report after or within 24 hrs, with appropriate images included in the report
  • Recommend a follow-up ultrasound scan if necessary
  • Offer GP or specialist referral and a Blood Test if needed

• Luminal narrowing or stenosis of the carotid arteries (Carotid artery atherosclerosis). 33% of the stroke and TIA are because of significant narrowing in the internal carotid arteries. • Cancers or tumours around the carotid arteries like “Carotid body tumour”

In some cases, we will recommend you to have a relevant blood test.

There is no preparation for carotid ultrasound scan.

You will receive your results verbally after the scan. Besides, the practitioner will examine the relevant images after your appointment and prepare a written report after your scan or within 24 hours with any recommended actions. The report will be sent to you so that you can discuss the findings with your doctor, if required.

Our vascular scientist will explain the procedure before your scan. You will be guided to lie down on your back on the examination couch in a suitable position. A small amount of water-based gel will be applied to your neck. Our specialist will move the probe on your skin to produce diagnostic ultrasound images. You will not feel any discomfort during your ultrasound scan. A Carotid ultrasound scan is regularly completed within 20 minutes. Ultrasound specialist will recommend the best course of action, depending on the ultrasound scan findings.

There are no risks or side effects associated with the carotid ultrasound scan. Ultrasound does not use any radiation.

Combining your ultrasound scan with one of our screening tests will give you a better picture of your health. We will recommend any beneficial screenings when you book online and will also recommend stroke Package provided by LPU (please visit our stroke package in the main menu), any further tests or screenings after your ultrasound scan. Please add your requested screening ultrasound, stroke package, blood test, or health check-up while you are booking your ultrasound scan appointment.