What is Vascular Ultrasound?
Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body’s veins and arteries.
A Doppler ultrasound study is usually part of a vascular ultrasound examination.
Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel, including the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs, neck and head (in infants and children).
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 the 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 (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.
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