Carotid Ultrasound Clinic

CAROTID ULTRASOUND CLINIC

Direct Imaging offers quality, affordable imaging solutions for Yakima Valley residents. The board-certified, fellowship-trained radiologists at our carotid ultrasound clinic ensure an in-depth analysis so you can find the answers you seek on your health condition.

At our full service, state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging center, you have fast access to a variety of imaging modalities, from X-rays to CT scans and MRIs. We strive to be the diagnostic imaging center of choice for the Yakima Valley region, offering pricing at a far better value than traditional hospital diagnostic services. 

What’s a Carotid Ultrasound Clinic?

The carotid ultrasounds taken at our clinic produce imaging on the two carotid arteries located on each side of your neck. These arteries transport blood from your heart to your brain. By examining the imaging produced by the ultrasound, your healthcare provider can assess your risk for specific health conditions, such as plaque narrowing or blocking the carotid arteries, which indicates an increased risk of stroke.

Issues that Can Be Diagnosed and Treated with a Carotid Ultrasound

Your healthcare provider may recommend a carotid ultrasound if you’ve recently suffered a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or stroke, or when your doctor detects abnormal sounds in your carotid arteries (using a stethoscope), and to evaluate blood flow disruptions like blood clots (hematomas).

Your doctor may also advise you to get a carotid ultrasound if you have certain medical conditions. These include conditions that increase your risk of strokes, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary artery disease, diabetes, atrial fibrillation or a family history of stroke or heart disease.

Your healthcare provider may also order a carotid ultrasound to evaluate procedures, such as the placement and performance of stents (tubes used to improve arterial blood flow) or to verify the success of carotid plaque removal surgery.

The Carotid Ultrasound Procedure

Our technicians perform carotid ultrasounds using a small, handheld device called a transducer, which records echoes of soundwaves to produce a live image on a monitor. You’ll lie on your back, with your head positioned to offer access to your neck. We will apply a warm gel to your skin, pressing the transducer gently to your neck to obtain the necessary images. The procedure is fast and painless and typically takes about 30 minutes.

How Many Visits Will You Need?

Additional testing may be required if you have any of the above conditions or have recently suffered a stroke. Tests could include a cardiac stress test, ankle-brachial index test, and abdominal ultrasound as needed to diagnose your condition and create a treatment plan to decrease stroke risk.

If your carotid ultrasound results are unclear, your doctor could also recommend a computerized tomography angiogram (CTA) scan, which involves a series of X-rays, or an MRI to get a more thorough look at your blood vessels.

Avoid high hospital prices and long commutes into Seattle, Tacoma, or Spokane at Direct Imaging’s carotid ultrasound clinic. Ask your healthcare provider for a referral to our Yakima imaging center or contact us to schedule an appointment today.

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We are open Monday – Friday 9AM – 5PM.

We accept Walk-ins based on technologist availability as well as scheduled appointments (preferred, reduces waiting time).

Payment:
We accept many forms of insurance including Kaiser, Regence and Medicare. We are adding new Insurance Partners all the time, please check with us for the latest list.
We also accept cash and credit cards.

Safety:
We are a small business and recognize the impact the COVID pandemic has had on our local and state economies.  We wipe down our equipment with a medical grade cleanser between every patient, we ask that you wear a mask at all times unless there is a medical reason you cannot.

Satisfaction Guaranteed:
Our goal is your complete satisfaction, if for any reason you are not satisfied notify me dave@directimagingyakima.com and I will do my best to rectify the situation.

We are striving to be the best imaging center in Yakima County, please let us know how we are doing.

Dave Atteberry MD MSc.
Medical Director
Direct Imaging PC

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