Vascular Ultrasound Studies performed include carotid, renal arterial and abdominal aorta duplexes, ankle-brachial indices (ABI’s) and venous duplex exams.
Vascular Conditions Diagnosed with Arterial and Venous Duplex Scans
- Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD)
- Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
- Carotid Artery Disease
- Detection of blood clots or narrowed blood vessels in the neck and extremities, and vessels within the abdomen.
These scans are a painless exam that utilizes high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) to capture internal images of the major arteries or veins in the arms, legs and neck. A special jelly is placed on the area being examined while a wand-like device called a transducer is passed over the skin above the artery. Internal images of arteries are digitally recorded for physician interpretation. A Doppler ultrasound may also be performed to capture images of the movement of blood through your arteries or veins. This test helps to determine how blood is flowing through your arteries or veins.
Before Your Ultrasound
Each study may require special instructions that must be followed prior to the examination. Please make sure you have and understand test instructions for each type of ultrasound.