Carotid IMT

Advances in ultrasound provide leading edge technology creating detailed high-resolution images of the carotid wall interfaces. Carotid intima media thickness testing is a safe, noninvasive and cost-effective method to detect early atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk. At Charlotte Radiology, we are currently offering CIMT exams to evaluate the thickness of carotid artery walls.

58 million Americans have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease, making coronary artery disease (CAD) the number one killer of men and women in the United States. More Americans die of heart disease than all types of cancer combined.

CAD is most commonly produced by atherosclerosis (plaque deposits in the wall of the coronary arteries causing a narrowing of the arteries). Until recently there were no non-invasive studies that could directly evaluate the coronary arteries for the presence of atherosclerotic disease.

Advances in ultrasound provide leading edge technology creating detailed high-resolution images of the carotid wall interfaces. Carotid intima media thickness testing is a safe, noninvasive and cost-effective method to detect early atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk. At Charlotte Radiology, we are currently offering CIMT exams to evaluate the thickness of carotid artery walls.

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This ultrasound exam is also used as a screening tool in the evaluation of coronary artery disease. A carotid intima-media thickness test (IMT) is used to determine the extent of plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries supplying blood to the brain. If a CIMT shows increased thickness in the inner layers of the carotid artery wall, the patient may be at risk for cardiovascular disease. This exam can be used as a valuable tool in conjunction with other clinical risk factors such as family history, cholesterol level, lipid profile, etc. to help the clinician determine how best to manage patients with coronary artery disease.

We believe this technique should be used for individuals considered to be at high risk for developing heart disease. The risk factors for heart disease include:

  • age - men 40 or older, women 45 or older
  • high cholesterol
  • history of smoking
  • high blood pressure
  • family history of heart disease
  • high stress levels
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • diabetes

If one or more of these factors apply to you, we encourage you to talk with your doctor about considering this procedure. Patients who have had previous cardiovascular treatment or surgery, including coronary stinting, coronary bypass surgery, pacemaker placement, or valve replacement are not candidates for this screening procedure.

The scan itself only takes fifteen minutes. It does not involve any injections, medications or radiation and is painless. You will be asked a few questions about your history. You will then lie down on the examination table fully dressed. The technologist will place warm ultrasound gel on each side of your neck where approximately 3-4 images are taken of each side. A radiologist from Charlotte Radiology who is sub specialized in body and cardiovascular imaging will then study the scan and send a report to your physician.

The charge for this test is currently $149 at our outpatient facilities and payment is expected on the day of the exam. Since Carotid IMT is considered a screening test for asymptomatic patients, unfortunately most insurance companies do not reimburse for its cost.

Once your scan is completed, your images will then be sent to the radiologist for review. Your physician will receive a dictated report discussing the radiologist's findings. With this information, your doctor can recommend the appropriate treatment. This may include diet and lifestyle changes, medication and/or further testing.

Screening ultrasound exams are not intended to replace your usual routine doctor's evaluations, but are provided to give you and your doctor additional information on which to determine lifestyle changes and treatment options.

Typically your referring physician will schedule an appointment for you. If you have been asked to schedule the appointment yourself, please call 704-442-4390 or click here.

For more information or to book this CR Wellness Screening:
Contact Katie Yarborough at 704-334-7812 or Katie.Yarborough@charlotteradiology.com

Carotid IMT Screening can be a great compliment to Heart Health Programs in the work place. Charlotte Radiology offers a screening fee of $149 per employee at our Carolinas Imaging Services locations in:

» Carolinas Imaging Services – Ballantyne
» Carolinas Imaging Services – Huntersville
» Carolinas Imaging Services – Matthews
» Carolinas Imaging Services – SouthPark
» Carolinas Imaging Services - Rock Hill

For more information or to book this CR Wellness Screening:
Contact Katie Yarborough at 704-334-7812 or Katie.Yarborough@charlotteradiology.com