The Carotid Artery
You may have experienced stroke related symptoms:
- Sudden weakness or numbness of the face, arms, or legs, especially on one side of the body
- Sudden confusion, difficulty speaking, or comprehension problems
- Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
- Sudden dizziness, difficulty walking, or loss of balance or coordination
- Sudden, severe headache with no known cause.
The Technologist will have you lie on an examination table. Gel is applied to the area of examination. This is to ensure a close contact with your skin. The Technologist will then press a 'probe' against your skin and move it around the area being tested. You will hear a swishing sound during the test. The Technologist will watch the images on the monitor and take 'pictures' as required. This study takes less than one half hour to perform.
These tests are non-invasive and do not require the use of dye or needles.
We recommend you wear loose clothing that leaves the neck and upper chest clear for the examination.
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