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Color Doppler – Carotids

Overview Brief

The Color Doppler- Carotids test is done to check if you’re at potential risk of having a stroke. It checks for any blockages in your neck arteries due to a plaque.

What is Color Doppler – Carotids?

The word “carotid” in the Color Doppler– Carotids test refers to the arteries in one’s neck and doppler is the name of the sound wave imaging technology, i.e. ultrasound.

The Color Doppler- Carotids makes use of sound waves to detect any blockages in the arteries of your neck or its potential narrowing. These arteries are responsible for supplying blood to the brain, blockages in which can result in a stroke. [1]

The Color Doppler- Carotids test is performed if a patient has high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol level, diabetes, or is preparing for bypass surgery.

How is Color Doppler- Carotids performed?

The Color Doppler- Carotids test is performed in the following way:

  • The patient is asked to lie down with their face-up.
  • A clear gel is applied on the area to be checked.
  • A sonographer sweeps that area with a transducer and studies the images displayed.

The procedure takes about 30-45 minutes to complete. [2]

Side effects/risks of Color Doppler- Carotids

There are no risks or side effects of the Color Doppler- Cartoids test. However, if you feel any discomfort during the procedure, inform your sonographer.

Preparation before performing Color Doppler- Carotids

You can prepare for your Color Doppler- Carotids test in the following way:

  • Wear comfortable/loose clothing with no collar.
  • Don’t wear any jewelry around the neck. [3]

Post-care after Color Doppler- Carotids

Unless the radiologist gives you any special instructions, you can resume normal activities after your Color Doppler- Carotids procedure.

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