Undergoing a Carotid Procedure in Williamsport, PA
A carotid ultrasound is a painless, risk-free test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create pictures of the insides of your carotid arteries. Carotid ultrasounds are typically ordered to evaluate patients with:
- Symptoms of a stroke or unexplained neurologic symptoms.
- A carotid bruit (sound when blood moves at a different speed)
To learn more about a carotid ultrasound in Williamsport, PA, Find a Provider at UPMC Susquehanna.
What Happens During a Carotid Ultrasound?
A carotid ultrasound procedure typically lasts 30 minutes. A registered ultrasound technologist will first verify your identity and explain the procedure. You will be escorted into the imaging room and asked to lie on your back. The technologist will position your head flat with your chin up. He or she will apply a gel to your skin. The gel is water based and will not irritate your skin or stain your clothing. The technologist will then place the transducer on your neck and adjust the position to image.
During the procedure you will hear noises from the machine. This is called “Doppler” and it is the sound of the blood flow in your neck. The sound varies throughout the test. After the procedure is complete a board certified radiologist will interpret your scan. Your physician will discuss your results with you.
If your doctor has recommended a carotid ultrasound, schedule an appointment with one of our providers at UPMC.