Overview

Vascular ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure. It uses a transducer (probe) with a gel on it placed on the skin to produce images of the inside of the body by using sound waves. The probe collects the sounds that bounce back. A computer uses the sound waves to create pictures of the body’s veins and arteries, allowing the doctor evaluate the blood flow.

Vascular ultrasound is performed to monitor blood flow to organs and tissues in the body. It identifies blockages (stenosis) and plaque or emboli that need treatment. It also detects blood clots DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in the veins of legs or arms. This test helps the doctor determine whether a patient is a candidate for angioplasty, if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm). Furthermore, it evaluates the success of graft or bypass blood vessels. The procedure is usually done within 30 to 45 minutes or longer.

Patient Preparation

Wear loose clothing and no jewelry during before the exam.
You will be asked to fast if your abdominal vessels are to be examined.
You will be asked to fast if your abdominal vessels are to be examined.
You can resume your normal activities right after the procedure.

Ankle-Brachial Index
Ankle-brachial index (ABI) is a quick test to see the flow of your blood in your extremities and to determine if you have the peripheral artery disease (PAD). The disease occurs due to blockage in the arteries, leading to limited blood flow in your limbs that may cause leg pain and may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke because of insufficient oxygen needed of your limbs.

There will be a comparison between the blood pressure found at your ankle and at your arm. When there is a low score on this test, your may have poor blood flow in your legs.

Why the Ankle-Brachial Index Test Is Done?
You’re more likely to get PAD as you get older. So we recommend to have it done if you’re 70 or older even if you don’t have any symptoms.

The procedure is also recommended if you are 50 or older and you have any of the following:
Diabetes
High blood pressure
High cholesterol
A history of smoking


Procedure

The test lasts 10 to 15 minutes. First, you lie down on a table. A technician wraps a cuff around your arm to take your blood pressure. You’ll feel mild pressure while it inflates, but that doesn’t last long. The technician will use a Doppler ultrasound device putting a gel on your arms and ankles below the blood pressure cuff so that your blood flow will be heard to take your blood pressure reading.

Risks

There are no known risks.

Results

When your result is available, your doctor will tell you what to do next. He/She may prescribe you medicines and instruct you to change your lifestyle or he may say you need to undergo surgery.

Carotid Ultrasound

Overview

Carotid ultrasound is a painless test using sound waves to your carotid arteries which carries blood from your heart to your brain. This is to detect if there is a blockage in your arteries- a condition called stenosis that causes the risk of having stroke. A transducer (probe) will be used with a gel on it and be placed directly on your skin. The probe produces sound waves that travel to your body and it collects all the sounds that bounce back. This will make an image in real-time showing the bloood flowing through blood vessels. When a plaque is seen, your doctor will do a comprehensive plan treatment to remove it.

The procedure is also done in preparation for coronary artery bypass surgery, people with diabetes, a family history of stroke or heart disease, and elevated blood cholesterol.

Patient Preparation

No special preparation is needed in this study. An open necked shirt or blouse is recommended.

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