Carotid Ultrasound Imaging
Detects Hidden Plaques
An ultrasound scan is a
noninvasive test that can be
performed easily and quickly in
your physician's office.
Using a handheld ultrasound
probe, the physician can scan
the carotid arteries in the
neck to detect hidden plaque buildup
and increased thickness of the
artery wall. The entire test is painless, and there is no
exposure to the dangerous radiation.
What do your arteries
Clogged or clean?
Thick or thin?
Carotid ultrasound imaging
allows the physician to scan for two
signs of atherosclerosis:
1. Increased CIMT - the
thickness of the inner two layers (intima and media) of the
carotid artery wall is known as a carotid intima-media
thickness (CIMT). Having a high CIMT compared to others of
your age, gender, and ethnicity will place you at higher
risk of heart attack and stroke.
2. Visible carotid plaque
- the presence of plaque places you in a higher risk
Leading medical associations
agree that performing carotid ultrasound imaging to scan for
plaque and measure CIMT can
help to determine your risk of
heart attack or stroke. These
organizatons include the
American Heart Association (AHA),
the American College of
Cardiology (ACC), and the Society
for Heart Attack Prevention and