Carotid ultrasonography: Interpretive issues and potential pitfalls

John Stassi, Mindy M. Horrow, Henrietta Kotlus Rosenberg, Cheryl L. Kirby

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Duplex/color Doppler ultrasound evaluation of the extracranial carotid arteries has emerged as a cosf-effective, reliable, non-invasive way to evaluate atherosclerotic disease and its complications. The accuracy of duplex/color Doppler evaluation in the identification of hemodynamically significant disease can be greater than 90%. In daily practice, this accuracy can only be achieved if a variety of interpretive and technical pitfalls are overcome. The material presented in this manuscript is heavily illustrated with actual ease examples obtained from retrospective correlation of the results of Duplex/color Doppler sonography and angiography. The cases provide a comprehensive visual tutorial of interpretative strategies and pitfalls.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)48-64
Number of pages17
JournalUltrasound Quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Arteries
  • Carotid ultrasound
  • Duplex/color Doppler
  • Extracranial


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