There is no special preparation for the test. You can take all your medications as usual. It would be helpful to wear an open collar shirt.
This test uses ultrasound to make images of your carotid arteries. It is a safe and painless test.
You will be asked to unbutton the top button of your shirt. You will be lying on your back on the exam table. The technologist uses a transducer (microphone) with a special gel to make the images. Plan on being at our office about one hour.
The images will help determine location and extent of any plaque in the carotid arteries. The physician will review the images and give you the results at a later date or send the report to your physician.