Vascular Ultrasound Diagnostics
A vascular ultrasound is a safe and painless method for us to view your body’s veins and arteries and provides us with detailed pictures of blood vessels and information about the blood flowing through them. We are able to see the size of your veins as well as abnormalities if present. Our vein patients begin their assessment and treatment process with a complimentary vein evaluation. After being examined by a physician and Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT), our patients receive a brief ultrasound. This initial scan begins the diagnostic process by locating the origins of the venous disorder.
Once the actuality of the disease is determined, Americas Cosmetic Surgery Centers’ staff will schedule you for a vein mapping. This map consists of an extensive vein ultrasound of the entire extremity. This map provides a blueprint for all treatments in the future, as well as providing a referent during the treatment process to determine progress in curing varicose vein disease.
At Americas Cosmetic Surgery Centers, our goal is to provide you with a comprehensive and specialized vascular diagnostic service as well as a timely clinical diagnosis. Our accredited Vascular Surgeons ***link to doctors*** and have extensive experience in diagnostic ultrasound technology with the ability to interpret the examinations and their significance while instigating the best immediate treatment possible. Additionally, we can arrange further appropriate investigations on an as needed basis.
A vascular ultrasound is also the most common test done when following-up with patients after they have undergone a vascular procedure, including bypass graft or stent.
How it Works
Ultrasound operates using sound of a frequency that is higher than the limits of human hearing. The ultrasound waves are able to penetrate the body and image the tissues of the body in a safe and non-invasive way. By utilizing ultrasound, our centers are able to operate with a high degree of precision, ensuring that our treatments and protocols are implemented where they are needed.
With follow-up mappings and scans we are able to chart the regression of the disease as incompetent veins are shut down for good. Our facilities are ICAVL certified (the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories). This certification ensures that Americas Cosmetic Surgery Centers’ ultrasound diagnostic imaging protocols meet or exceed all the standards set forth for vascular laboratories. For our patients this assures the most accurate imaging so that we are able to treat your condition most effectively.
Benefits of Vascular Ultrasound
The benefits of vascular ultrasounds are recognized by medical professionals around the United States and abroad. Some of these include:
- Ultrasound scanning is noninvasive technology, meaning that no needles, injections, or anesthesia are used during the entirety of the test.
- Ultrasounds painless and are generally a comfortable experience compared to other forms of vascular diagnosis.
- Ultrasound is also one of the few that gives physiological information about blood flow in the arteries and veins.
- Ultrasounds are easy-to-use and a less expensive method of diagnosis compared other imaging methods.
- Ultrasound imaging is 100% safe, as it does not use any ionizing radiation or contrast dye.
Limitations of Vascular Ultrasound Diagnostics
Though ultrasound technology offers numerous advantages over other methods, it does have certain limitations.
- Vessels may be deep in the body and much harder to see than superficial vessels, so specialized equipment may be necessary
- Smaller vessels are more difficult to image and evaluate than larger vessels
- Calcifications that occur as a result of atherosclerosis may obstruct the ultrasound beam
- At times, ultrasound technology has trouble differentiating between a blood vessel that is closed or very nearly closed due to the weak volume of blood flow, as it produces a weak signal
Q. Am I required to do any prior preparation before the test?
A. No special preparation is required for lower extremity venous or arterial ultrasounds.
Q. What happens after the test?
A. Because of its non-invasive nature, patients are able to go home or to your other scheduled appointments after the vascular ultrasound.
Q. Are there any risks or side effects?
A. Studies have shown there are no harmful side effects of the vascular ultrasound test.
Q. How will I receive the results of the test?
A. After a vascular medicine physician reviews the test results, a final report will be generated. Your physician will provide the test results to you.
Schedule your Vascular Ultrasound Diagnostic
With a vascular ultrasound and one of our expert technicians, we can examine your veins and decide on the proper treatment. To schedule your appointment, contact our office today! Don’t hesitate to contact us for any other questions not answered on this page as well.