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Carotid Duplex/Color Flow Ultrasound Protocol Manual

Carotid Duplex/Color Flow Ultrasound Protocol Manual


Carotid Duplex/Color Flow Ultrasound Protocol Manual


Carotid Duplex/Color Flow Ultrasound Protocol Manual

Upon completion of this enduring material, you should be able to accomplish the following:


This enduring material is designed to provide a step by step protocol for performing a carotid Duplex/color flow imaging examination based on AIUM, ACR, and IAC ultrasound practice guidelines. The protocol is provided in a written outline format with examples of ultrasound images, spectral Doppler waveforms and diagnostic criteria for evaluation of carotid artery disease. A live demonstration is also included to reinforce the examination techniques.

Date of Original Release: 10/3/2014

Reviewed for content accuracy: 10/3/2017
Reviewed by:
Gulfcoast Ultrasound CME Committee

This edition valid for credit through: 10/3/2020

Spiral Bound Protocol Manual

ISBN: 978-1-940954-28-8

Digital Protocol Manual

Product Code: PM-VAS-C2


  • Overview/Protocol Summary
  • Instrumentation and Purpose
  • Exam Indications and Patient Assessment
  • Carotid Study Worksheet
  • Patient Positioning and Transducer Positioning
  • Waveform Characteristics
  • Examination Protocols
  • Carotid Measurements/ Diagnostic Criteria
  • Other Carotid Pathology
  • References


Sonographers, physicians, PAs and other medical professionals involved with performing and interpreting carotid duplex/color examinations. Physician participants may include (but are not limited to) those whose specialty include radiology, internal medicine, cardiology, general/vascular surgery, and primary care.


GulfCoast Ultrasound Institute

Lori Green  BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT

President, Program Director.
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
Saint Petersburg, FL.
No relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Faculty & Content Disclosures...
Faculty Disclosure
Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc. adheres to ACCME Essential Areas, Standards, and Policies regarding industry support of CME. Speakers will disclose any relevant commercial relationships prior to the start of the educational activity.

Content Validation
All presentations for this CME activity were reviewed and approved by members of the GUI CME Review Committee to determine content validity and to ensure that no conflicts of interest exist prior to the activity commencement or material compilation.

Disclosure of Individuals in Control of Content
In addition to the faculty listed the following individuals are recognized by GUI as being in control of content of this program:

James Mateer, MD, RDMS (Medical Director-planner, QI Task Force)
Medical Director, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute
Milwaukee, WI
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Andreas Dewitz, MD, RDMS(Member of Advisory Board, QI Task Force Subcommittee)
Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine
Vice Chair of Ultrasound Education
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Lori Green, BA, RT, RDMS, RDCS, RVT (Program Director/planner, Content Reviewer, QI Task Force)
President, Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute, Inc.
St. Petersburg, FL
No relevant financial relationships to disclose

Disclosure of Commercial Support
There was no commercial support involved in the planning, development/implementation of this activity.

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The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Gulfcoast Ultrasound Institute designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This course also meets CME/CEU requirements for ARDMS. Note: While offering the CME credit hours noted above, activities are not intended to provide extensive training or certification for exam performance or interpretation.


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