Advanced Lipidology

preventative diagnostic services for heart disease, stroke, and diabetes

524 Milwaukee Street, Suite 180
Delafield, WI 53018

CIMT Scans

Most heart attacks and strokes are caused by atherosclerosis, a hardening and thickening of the arteries that supply the brain and heart with blood. Looking at heart arteries is very expensive and carries very high risks. However, we can easily access and use ultrasound to view the arteries that supply the brain (the “carotid” arteries). These arteries provide a “window” to the heart arteries and help to better predict your risks of heart attack and stroke. Studies have shown that the presence of carotid plaque correlates very well with coronary plaque (plaque in the heart arteries).

Quick, Painless Test to Assess Vascular Health

Advanced Lipidology offers a safe, painless, FDA-approved examination that quickly reveals the effects of all risk factors you have on the health of your arteries. The test is called a CIMT, which stand for Carotid Intima Media Thickness… A CIMT scan is a non-invasive technique using ultrasound (sound waves) to detect and quantify vascular disease and cardiovascular risk before any symptoms occur. The CIMT measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid arteries (the intima and media) and the analysis tells us your risk for cardiovascular disease. Early detection of increased thickness may indicate the need for a more aggressive approach to managing the risk factors causally associated with heart disease and stroke. In addition, the scan is able to detect presence of plaques in the arteries – a manifestation of more significant vascular disease.

How is the scan performed?

The ultrasound of the carotid arteries on both sides of your neck is performed by a trained physician, midlevel provider or a sonographer, who has special training in performing the CIMT… A gel-like substance will be applied to your neck after which an ultrasound probe will be gently placed to obtain images that will be recorded and stored for review. The ultrasound device utilizes sophisticated digital imaging and automatic edge detection software to accurately and reproducibly measure the thickness of the inner two layers of the artery and plaque, if present. The CIMT takes 20 minutes. There is no preparation needed for the test and no radiation and no injections involved in the scan. Also, you do not need to disrobe for the test

Who interprets the test?

A Physician or midlevel provider with expertise in CIMT will interpret and report the result of the test. Results will be discussed with you at an office visit usually made 2 weeks after the procedure is .performed.

What is the cost?

A CIMT costs $250.

Should You Have a CIMT Test?

The CIMT test is most appropriate for individuals that have one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of heart disease/stroke
  • Tobacco user
  • High blood pressure
  • High LDL – “bad” cholesterol
  • Low HDL – “good” cholesterol
  • Elevated triglyceride
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Diabetes