Common Reasons For Testing
- Temporary loss of vision
- Weakness involving one side of the body
- Slurred or difficult speech
- Bruit, noise heard in the neck by a physician with a stethoscope
- Dizziness, fainting
What to Expect
- This test uses Doppler ultrasound to assess the carotid and vertebral arteries in the neck.
- All testing is performed by a Registered Vascular or Cardiac Sonographer.
- Gel is placed on the neck and a transducer is run along the neck looking at the artery to determine if there are any areas of blockage in the arteries.
- A loud swishing noise may be heard.
- Exam time: 20-30 minutes.