Why would I need a carotid ultrasound?

Carotid artery ultrasound is used for the evaluation of the possible etiology of a stroke or the prevention of a stroke in the future. Ultrasound provides clear images of the carotid arteries and can identify areas of suspected plaque or stenosis. These images assist the vascular surgeon in making medical treatment or surgical planning decisions.
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