Tests and Treatments

Carotid Artery Ultrasound

Carotid ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic examination used to evaluate the condition of the major arteries in the neck. These arteries, called the carotid arteries, supply the brain with blood.

During the exam, an ultrasound transducer will be placed on an area of the neck over the arteries, producing an image displayed on a video screen.

This test will take approximately 30 minutes, and is completely painless.

No preparation is necessary for this exam; however, a low-cut, loose fitting shirt or blouse will allow for better access. Take normal medication unless otherwise instructed.

Highland Neurology

NYS Designated Stroke Center

NYS Dept of Health

Use the F.A.S.T. Test

If you think you or someone you know is having a stroke.


Ask the person to smile. Is the face lopsided?


Ask the person to raise arms. Does one arm drift down?


Ask the person to repeat a phrase. Does their speech sound strange? Can they do it without slurring words?


Don't waste it. Call 911 now.