A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive ultrasound method (also called a duplex study) used to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body.
Vascular ultrasound can be used to evaluate arteries or veins in nearly any part of the body, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs. Non-invasive means the procedure does not require the use of needles or anesthesia. Unlike other imaging tests, ultrasound does not require radiation or contrast dye.
Vascular ultrasound is used in the evaluation of blood flow in the arteries and veins of the body to detect the presence, severity and specific location of disease. Ultrasound can be used to diagnose narrowing of arteries and determine the severity of narrowing. It can also be used to diagnose blood clots in the veins of the arms and legs, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis for DVT.
Ultrasound is a study that uses sound waves to "see" inside your body. A carotid duplex ultrasound is performed to evaluate symptoms including dizziness, loss of memory, stroke, loss of muscle control and other symptoms that might result from narrowing or blockage of the vessels (carotid arteries) on either side of your neck. A carotid ultrasound can also be used to screen for stroke risk.
Venous Doppler of Upper Extremities or Lower Extremities
A Venous Doppler test is an ultrasound that uses sound waves to create a picture of your blood flow. The most common use of this test is to evaluate the veins for blood clots. It’s also commonly used for people with varicose veins.
Your doctor may order this test if you have leg pain or swelling, or if you have had a previous history of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Left untreated, these blood clots can break off and pass into your lungs and potentially cause a pulmonary embolism.
Arterial Doppler of Upper or Lower Extremities
An Arterial Doppler ultrasound shows blocked or reduced blood flow through the major arteries of your arms and legs. Your doctor may order this test if you have:
Numbness and tingling sensations in your hands, arms, feet and legs
A feeling of fatigue and heaviness in your arms and legs
Your doctor thinks you may have a condition known as thoracic outlet syndrome
The Arterial Doppler ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the blood flow from your heart to the upper extremities (arms) and lower extremities (legs), which can be seen on a computer screen.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is when the wall of the aorta weakens and bulges out. Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound is a highly accurate way to measure the size of the aorta and an aortic aneurysm. Treatment of the aneurysm will depend on the size of the aneurysm. A special technique called Doppler ultrasound can be used to examine blood flow through the aorta.