What is a Vascular Ultrasound?
Vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive method used to study circulation within the blood vessels of the body. Vascular ultrasounds can also be used to evaluate arteries or veins in nearly any part of the body, including your blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs.
What are some common uses of the procedure?
Sonography is a useful way of evaluating the body's circulatory system. Vascular ultrasound is performed to:
- Help monitor blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body
- Locate and identify blockages (stenosis) and abnormalities like plaque or emboli and help plan for their effective treatment
- Detect blood clots (deep venous thrombosis or DVT) in the major veins of the legs or arms
- Determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty
- Evaluate the success of procedures that graft or bypass blood vessels
- Determine if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm)
- Determine the source and severity of varicose veins
Benefits of a having Vascular Ultrasound
- The ultrasound scanning is noninvasive (no needles or injections)
- Occasionally, an ultrasound exam may be temporarily uncomfortable, but it is almost never painful
- Ultrasounds are widely available, easy-to-use and less expensive than other imaging methods
- Ultrasound imaging is extremely safe, does not use any ionizing radiation (which is used in X-rays) and you are not exposed to radiation
- Ultrasound scanning gives a clear picture of soft tissues that do not show up well on X-ray images
No special preparation is required for lower extremity venous or arterial ultrasound. Other common types of vascular ultrasounds include:
- Carotid ultrasound
- Noninvasive flow studies
- Abdominal aorta ultrasound
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