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A carotid Doppler is an ultrasound based imaging test used to examine the carotid arteries located in the neck. This test can show narrowing or possible blockages due to plaque buildup in the arteries due to multiple aetiological reasons.
An ultrasound probe is used a that is called as transducer that is placed on the patient’s neck and high frequency sound waves are used to create images of the arteries. Doppler technology is used to analyze the speed and direction of blood flow. The images are displayed on a monitor and are digitally recorded.

  • A sonographer and Doctor will explain the test to you and answer any questions you may have.
  • The sonographer will apply some gel to a small ultrasound probe and position it on one side of your neck. In order to obtain good quality images, it is necessary to apply some pressure with the probe.
  • The data will be reviewed by a cardiologist and a report will be sent to the doctor(s) involved in your carYou will be asked to lie flat on an examination table, with your head on a pillow, slightly turned away from the side being examined.
  • You will be able to see the images real time
  • You will hear sounds due to the Doppler.
  • Images of the arteries will be recorded and various measurements will be taken
  • There is no specific preparation required for a carotid Doppler. You can eat and drink as usual prior to the test. Continue all prescription medications as you normally would.
  • There are no restrictions after the carotid Doppler.
  • The patient should bring along a list of current medications. Fasting (not eating) before the test is not required.

    Dr. Ashok Kapoor MD,DM at Getwell medical center Dubai.

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