Is Routine Carotid Imaging Warranted Following Radiation Treatment of Head and Neck Cancer
Radiation demonstrates a prominent role in the definitive management of many head and neck cancers. As patients are living longer, they are at a higher risk for neurovascular events from radiation-induced carotid injury. This chapter summarizes the available literature regarding carotid artery surveillance with B-Mode Ultrasound, Doppler Ultrasound, Duplex Ultrasound, and Contrast-Enhanced Ultrasound after head and neck radiation. This chapter also provides guidance for screening from a radiation oncologist’s perspective.
KeywordsHead and neck Cancer Radiation Carotid Atherosclerosis Stenosis Cerebrovascular accident
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