Ultrasound of the carotid arteries
The study by ultrasound of the carotid arteries consists on the one hand of determining the thickness of the inner wall layer (so-called intima-media complex) and displaying plaques in the cerebral vessels visible outside the skull.
The widening of the intima-media complex and plaques are signs of systemic arteriosclerosis. In connection with increased cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, obesity or smoking, ultrasound of the neck vessels therefore provides important information on the personal vascular risk situation.
The color-coded duplex sonography of the cervical vessels also shows significant constrictions, occlusions, vascular tears or relevant changes in their blood flow.