- What we look for: Measures the thickness of the carotid artery wall.
- Why it matters: Thickness or inflammation in the carotid wall is an early indicator of narrowing, which can affect all vessels including the coronary arteries and aorta. This may lead to stroke, heart attack and abdominal aortic aneurysm.
- How the results help: Early detection encourages close monitoring and lifestyle changes to reduce your overall risk.
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Preventative Ultrasound Screening Exams
Center for Diagnostic Imaging (CDI) believes that preventing a critical health event not only gives you the best quality of life, it also keeps your health care expenses down. All of our screening exams are performed by highly trained technologists and interpreted by on-site, board-certified, specialized radiologists. The exams listed are screening exams and are not usually covered by insurance, unless they meet Medicare/Medicaid guidelines.
These exams are performed with state of-the-art ultrasound equipment using high-frequency sound waves. There is no radiation involved.
Is an Ultrasound screening exam right for you?
People age 45 and older with one or more of the following risk factors may want to consider an ultrasound screening:
- Family history of arterial disease (stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart disease)
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Alcohol consumption
- What we look for: This exam measures the largest diameter of the abdominal aorta and looks for any abnormal bulging or widening.
- Why it matters: The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the abdomen and carries blood to all of the abdominal and pelvic organs and legs. Over time, the aortic walls can weaken and form a balloon-like aneurysm. The vast majority of people with AAA have NO symptoms. However, the larger an aneurysm the more likely it is to rupture, causing profuse bleeding and often sudden death.
- How the results help: Early detection and treatment, such as surgery, can reduce the risk of rupture 95 percent of the time.