Stroke Risk Screening

What is a Stroke Risk Screening?

A painless, non-invasive, ultrasound series of three screenings that can identify your risk for stroke, aneurysm and vascular disease. The screening is conducted by trained technologists and are available to make people aware of any undetected health problems and encourage them to seek follow up care, if necessary, with their physician. The entire exam takes less than 30 minutes to complete. A Physicians order is not required for this test. 

Stroke/Carotid Artery Disease
Stroke occurs when a blood vessel feeding the brain bursts or is clogged, causing a sudden disruption in the blood flow to the brain. Images of the carotid arteries on both sides of the neck measure the velocity of the blood flow through these vessels. 

Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An AAA is an abnormal ballooning or enlargement in the lining of a blood vessel. As the lining gets weaker, primarily due to age and other risk factors, the vessel wall becomes weakened and expands in size. Imaging allows the technologist to measure the size of the abdominal aorta along the course of the vessel. 

Peripheral Arterial Disease
Narrowing of the blood vessels in the legs is often caused by build up of fatty plaque resulting in clogged or slowing of the blood flow and is a strong predictor of heart disease. An Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) test is performed using blood pressure cuffs on the arms and ankles.

Uses for a Stroke Risk Screening

A Stroke Risk Screening is conducted on three areas of the patient:

  • Stroke Carotid Artery Disease detects plaque build-up or blockages in the carotid arteries.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Enlargement of the abdominal aorta often goes undetected, with deadly results.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease Leg Circulation Test (A.B.I.) Hardening of the Arteries Test (A.S.I.)

Before You Arrive

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After the Exam

Once your scan is complete, a Radiologist will examine the images. Your physician will receive the images and reports via PACS and fax. Contact your physician directly to discuss your results. Results are also available through the Patient Portal. Allow 3 to 5 business days.


Schedule an Appointment

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