Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound

The Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory is committed to excellence in screening, diagnosis, and monitoring of vascular disease. The Laboratory provides studies of the blood flow through the arteries and veins to diagnose blockages that may lead to a stroke or pulmonary embolism. Vascular ultrasound image includes imaging and flow mapping as well as physiologic monitoring of how the vascular disease has progressed.

Our Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory is fully accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. Through compliance with their published standards, we are recognized as one of a select number of vascular laboratories in the United States committed to providing high quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease.

Vascular ultrasound tests are commonly known as Doppler or duplex studies. They use high-pitched sound waves to reflect off the blood vessels and create pictures of the blood moving through the veins and arteries.

At the time of testing, a brief medical history of present symptoms and past medical problems will be obtained. During the test, a water based gel is placed on the area to be tested. A flat surface transducer is rubbed over those areas to obtain pictures and measurements for your physician to review.

Our Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory performs multiple combinations and types of vascular procedures that obtain information on arteries or veins in the abdomen, neck, arms, and legs. Imaging consists of two-dimensional (2D) pictures of the blood vessels that give your doctor information on the anatomy of your arteries and veins. Doppler measures the flow of blood to give your doctor information on blockages and clots.

All vascular ultrasound tests are non-invasive and do not require needles, dyes, or X-rays.

  • Doppler
    Doppler studies listen to the blood flowing and converts the sound waves to blood flow patterns or graphs. Changes in the patterns indicate narrowed areas that are restricting blood flow. Blood pressures may be used on the legs to add further information about the blood flow restriction.
  • Duplex
    Duplex is a combination of imaging (2D) and Doppler to get pictures of the vessels with a measurement of the speed and direction of the blood flow.
  • Color Flow Mapping
    This procedure includes duplex and Doppler converted to not only graphs but a color representation of the blood flowing.