Carotid doppler is an ultrasound of the arteries in your neck.  

Through a hand-held transducer and gel applied directly on your skin, ultrasound uses non-radiation sound wave technology to create an echo image of the organs and vessels in your body.

The purpose of carotid doppler is to check for any areas of significant plaque build-up or stenosis that would increase the risk of stroke.


A carotid doppler does not require any special preparation.

You may wish to wear a comfortable outfit. Your neck will need to be exposed for the procedure.  

During carotid doppler you will be asked to lie on your back and/or side.

The ultrasound transducer will be placed along your skin and follow of your arteries in your neck.

Carotid doppler usually takes about 45 minutes.

A carotid doppler is a non-invasive procedure so you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities.

Your carotid doppler results will be reviewed and the report will be sent to your referring doctor. It is best to make an appointment with them to follow up on the results.

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