Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT)

One type of evaluation that is available to all patients without a doctor’s referral and does not use radiation is the carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT). This arterial health screening uses a special form of ultrasound of the carotid arteries in the neck to show if there is early plaque build-up or thickening of the carotid artery wall. These signs have been identified as markers for future heart disease risk. Some hospitals also include a check of the arteries in the arms and legs. While it is not designed to detect blockages, the arterial health screening will show early signs of vascular disease, if present.

This test is offered as part of the Henry Ford Heart Smart Screening, which you can learn more about the screening or make an appointment.

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