Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Test (CIMT)

The carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) is a measure used to diagnose the extent of carotid atherosclerotic vascular disease.

A carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) is used to determine the extent of plaque buildup in the walls of the arteries supplying blood to the head.  The test measures the thickness of the inner two layers of the carotid artery—the intima and media. Early detection means identifying people who are still asymptomatic who may be in danger and in need of a more aggressive approach to managing the risk factors associated with heart disease and stroke.


The Studio Team uses CIMT testing to determine the “age” of the carotid arteries. Carotid ultrasound is a safe, painless procedure that uses sound waves to examine the blood flow through the carotid arteries. Your two carotid arteries are located on each side of your neck. They deliver blood from your heart to your brain.

Aging is a contributing factor to increased carotid intima-media thickness. Other risk factors include high lipoprotein levels, high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and a sedentary lifestyle.

Carotid ultrasound tests for blocked or narrowed carotid arteries, which can increase the risk of stroke. The carotid intima-media thickness test (CIMT) measures the thickness of layers of the carotid artery. This helps us observe for thickening that can lead to heart attack and stroke. The results can help your doctor determine a treatment to lower your stroke risk.

Knowing that you may not be experiencing the “obvious” symptoms of atherosclerosis, there are often subtle changes in artery thickness. Armed with this information, we develop an effective approach using functional and regenerative medicine strategies including lifestyle and dietary improvements.


  • Early detection of intimal-media thickening can prompt more aggressive intervention
  • Early prevention strategies can be executed and monitored
  • CIMT scoring provides insight into cardiovascular health

    You can not fix a problem you don’t understand. Advanced diagnostics is often necessary to get at the root cause. Once the root cause is identified, the solution becomes possible.

    Dr. Lisbeth Roy, D.O.

    Founder of Doctors Studio

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