WHAT IS A VASCULAR ULTRASOUND?
Vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive (does not require needles, dyes, radiation) ultrasound procedure used to evaluate blood flow in the body’s blood vessels, detect clots, and help identify blockages in the blood vessels. A Doppler ultrasound analysis is normally part of a vascular ultrasound examination. Combining ultrasound imaging with Doppler ultrasound technology allows the radiologist to accurately analyze and monitor blood flow characteristics in real time.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE USES OF VASCULAR ULTRASOUND?
Vascular ultrasound is used to monitor blood flow throughout the body, identify blockages, detect blood clots, aneurysms and varicose veins, evaluate tumors and congenital vascular malformations, and check for reduced or increased blood flow to the organs.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE PROCEDURE?
For vascular ultrasound, your doctor might give you specific orders, such as withholding intake of food and water for 8 hours prior the examination of the abdomen. You will be asked to wear a comfortable, loose fitting gown during the procedure. The radiologist will apply lubricating gel on your skin to prevent friction when the ultrasound transducer is rubbed on your skin. A vascular ultrasound usually takes around 30 minutes to 1 hour.
WHAT ARE THE LIMITATIONS OF VASCULAR ULTRASOUND?
- Vascular ultrasound has a limited capacity to show images of blood vessels located deep in the body or of smaller vessels in the body. A CT scan, MRI or other advanced test may be required to obtain good pictures of these vessels.
- Vascular ultrasound waves may be blocked from entering places where atherosclerosis has caused calcification in the arteries.
- Sometimes, the ultrasound cannot differentiate a slightly obstructed vessel from a vessel that is completely blocked.
ULTRASOUND AT MANHATTAN MEDICAL ARTS
Manhattan Medical Arts is equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound unit where screenings for a wide range of conditions are offered. If you would like a consultation with one of our Board Certified Physicians, please call Manhattan Medical Arts at 645-454-9000.