Vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body’s veins and arteries. A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination.
Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that measures and evaluates the direction and speed of blood cells as it flows through blood vessels in the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck. The movement of blood cells causes a change in pitch of the reflected sound waves (called the Doppler effect). A pulse-like sound that changes in pitch as the blood flow is monitored and measured may be heard during the examination.
Ultrasound 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 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
Doppler ultrasound images can help to see and evaluate:
- blockages to blood flow (such as clots)
- narrowing of vessels (which may be caused by plaque)
- tumors and congenital malformation
To schedule an Ultrasound Exam please contact Main Scheduling at (239) 624-4443