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Diagnosis Heart & Vascular

Carotid Artery Disease

Carotid artery blockages can be diagnosed easily with ultrasound imaging, a painless and safe procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis.

If a more detailed image is needed to determine if surgery is required, your doctor may order other tests such as:

  • Computerized tomography (CT) scan
  • Magnetic resonance angiogram (MRA)

If you think you're experiencing symptoms of a stroke or a transient ischemic attack, you should contact your doctor immediately.

UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.