Vascular Exam

What is a Vascular Ultrasound?

A vascular ultrasound allows visualization of major blood vessels. The vessels can be evaluated for blockage, narrowing or enlargement. Ultrasound can assess the blood vessels in the legs, arms, body and neck.

How do I prepare for the exam?

There is no preparation necessary for this exam.

What will happen during the exam?

You will lie down on a table for the exam and the sonographer will put a warm gel on the area your doctor wants evaluated. The gel is water-based and will not stain your clothing. The gel maximizes contact between the skin producing high quality images. The sonographer will then move a transducer over the area in order to obtain the necessary images. When the exam is over, the sonographer will wipe off the gel. At certain times during the test, you will hear a noise, which is the Doppler signal. The Doppler noise is the sound of the blood flow in your vessels.

How long will the procedure take?

The entire exam can take up to an hour.

What will happen after the exam?

After the exam, the technologist will process your images using a computer. A radiologist will evaluate the images within 24 hours and dictate a report. A transcription of the report will be sent to your physician.

How will I receive my results?

You will receive the results from your physician.

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