During a CT scan, the patient lies on a table inside a tube. The tube takes detailed X rays of portions of the human body at different angles to form three-dimensional images. A CT scan can give your physician extensive information about where you may have narrowing in the carotid arteries. For the test, you may also be administered contrast dye, a substance that makes it easier to see the blood vessels. A CT scan uses radiation to form images, so the benefits and risks are weighed before this type of scan is performed.
- Q How is carotid artery disease diagnosed?
- Q How is carotid stenosis diagnosed?
- Q What happens when the carotid artery is blocked?
- Q What are the different types of carotid artery disease?
- Q How are MRA and CT scanning used to diagnose carotid artery disease?
- Q What are the benefits of performing carotid surgery under local anesthesia?