What is a vascular ultrasound?

Ultrasound images are produced by the reflection of sound waves from your internal organs and tissues much like the way sonar technology is used underwater. Ultrasound is a fast non-invasive procedure used to detect many diseases and disorders in any area of the body at any angle. The common procedures in Vascular Ultrasound include the following: Carotid, Venous, Arterial, Ankle/Brachial Index, and a PVR study.

What does a vascular ultrasound show?

A Vascular Ultrasound shows images that distinguish between healthy and unhealthy tissue. Similar to general Ultrasound, It is used to examine arteries and veins throughout the body. This type of study is used to help monitor the blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body, locate and identify blockages or abnormalities like plaque or emboli, and detect blood clots (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the major veins of the legs or arms.

How long does a vascular ultrasound take?

Most exams take between 30 to 45 minutes.

Are there any restrictions that may prevent me from having a vascular ultrasound?

There are no restrictions that may prevent you from having an Ultrasound.

Is there any preparation before the study?

Day of Study

When arriving for the study it is advised to do the following:

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothing with no metal.
  • Remove any jewelry or other objects that may interfere with the study.

What can I expect?

A hand held transducer is manually moved around the area of interest. To ensure good contact between the transducer and the body, the Vascular Ultrasound technologist may apply a harmless gel to the surface of your skin.