This scan is available to women from 45 years of age.
We will perform a detailed scan including Doppler to look at the size, condition and blood flow through the following arteries in the neck:
- common carotid arteries from their origin to bifurcation (split in two to feed different areas of the head and brain)
- internal and external carotid arteries (bifurcation areas)
- vertebral arteries
Common example for having this ultrasound screening is the detection or exclusion of:
- plaque build up and subsequent narrowing of the carotid arteries
We will provide a Sonographer report at the time with a Medical Follow Up Recommendation if necessary.
Using the latest cloud technology, Ultrasound Direct can send your scan images and report to you in seconds using Ultrasound Direct toMOBILE. This secure online service is available with every scan performed in an Ultrasound Direct clinic at no extra cost.
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if you would like to know more about our health scans.
This examination will require easy access to your neck so please wear appropriate loose clothing.
There are no special dietary requirements for this scan.
All of our first line ultrasound scans are optional. You must be at least 16 years old and you should have no existing medical condition or treatment pending that relates to the scan you are booking. If you are in any doubt about having any type of scan, you should consult your GP.
Frequently Asked Question
Are your sonographers qualified?
Yes. All our sonographers are fully trained and qualified to perform ultrasound scans and many of them also work in the NHS locally. Scans with Ultrasound Direct will always be performed by a qualified professional whose primary interest is your health. All our sonographers take care to follow the latest safety guidelines and are registered with the HCPC. We’re also registered with the independent regulator the Care Quality Commission to ensure the highest standards possible.
What if I get bad news during my scan?
In the event of unexpected findings: we will offer clear advice on the next steps available to you and will offer to contact the local hospital on your behalf.
Should you receive bad news in your scan you are welcome to take time in private in our clinics to process the news and gather your thoughts before leaving: we never want you to feel rushed.