Vascular Ultrasound

One of our dedicated technicians with an ultrasound machine

The Ultrasound machine can be used for many different purposes, such as detecting various heart and vascular issues.

Venous ultrasound helps determine the cause of long-standing leg swelling. Sonography can help locate the exact site of the troublesome vein and avoid complications such as bleeding. In people with a common condition called varicose veins, the valves that keep blood flowing back to the heart in the right direction may be damaged, and venous ultrasound can help the radiologist decide how best to deal with this condition and aid in the placement of a needle or catheter into a vein.

The Arterial Doppler study is able to demonstrate blocked or reduced blood flow through the major arteries of the arms and legs. This procedure uses sound waves to produce images on a monitor for the purpose of evaluating the arterial blood flow to the upper extremities (arms) and lower extremities (legs). As well as the vessels supplying the visceral/abdominal organs.

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses sound waves to measure the flow of blood through the large carotid arteries that supply blood to the brain. These arteries can narrow due to arteriosclerosis or other causes and this can lead to TIA (mini-stroke) or CVA (stroke).

What to Expect

How is this procedure done?

You will lay face-up on an exam table, then the technician will apply a warm water-based gel to the area that will be examined. The gel helps the transducer make secure contact with the skin. Then the tech will move the transducer back and forth until the desired images are captured.

Is this test painful?

Usually no, unless the transducer is applied to a tender area.

How to Prepare

Little to no special preparation is necessary for a vascular ultrasound. Wear comfortable, loose clothing. You may be asked to wear a gown. Please bring your insurance cards, photo ID and your doctor’s order. If you are a new patient, please bring any previous images or reports that may be pertinent to your exam.