Duplex Ultrasound is used to measure the thickness of the walls of your carotid arteries, also known as carotid intima-media thickness, or “CIMT.” This is a safe, non-invasive test in which you lie flat for 15 minutes. A small amount of gel is applied to your neck. We use sound beams to assess your carotid artery, because as the walls of this artery become thicker, your risk of having a heart attack or stroke increases.
We also image arteries to look for plaques, areas of cholesterol build-up in the arteries that left unchecked, can lead to blockages. In contrast to heart scans, vascular health screening does not involve exposure to radiation.
Vascular screening results are interpreted and the results are convened to you and also sent to the referring physician.