Diagnostic Testing

Carotid-Vertebral Artery Exam

Imaging ultrasound is used to image the carotid arteries and the branches in the neck (internal and external carotid arteries).  We also look at other related arteries in this exam.  Color flow Doppler is used to identify blood flow and its characteristics.  Pulsed wave Doppler determines the velocity of blood flow at any point in these vessels.  These modalities used together help us demonstrate your vessels and their health for the interpreting physician to assess and make a diagnosis. 

Indications for this exam:  Stroke (CVA), Tran ischemic Attack (TIA - temporary effects of a stroke that resolve in a very short amount of time); and vertebral artery insufficiency (may result in symptoms of dizziness).

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