A vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive medical procedure that helps doctors diagnose conditions concerning the veins and the arteries.
Common Uses of Vascular Ultrasound
Vascular ultrasound is useful in a number of ways:
• Evaluate the flow of blood to the organs and tissues
• Locate and identify blockages
• Identify blood clots and presence of an enlarged artery (aneurysm)
• Determine if a patient is a good candidate for certain procedures such as angioplasty
• Evaluate the outcome of certain procedures
• Identify the presence and severity of varicose veins
What to Expect Before, During, and After the Procedure
Before the Test
Depending on the type of vascular ultrasound, there may be some special preparation needed before your test. Before an abdominal ultrasound, you are asked not to eat or drink beforehand. For an ultrasound on your legs, however, may take your usual medications and have your normal meal and drink.
During the Test
You will lay on a padded examining table during the test. A small amount of water-soluble gel is applied to the skin, over the area to be examined.
A device called a transducer is placed over the gel-coated area. It is held in place until the needed information is recorded. The transducer produces images that can be seen on the ultrasound screen.
After the Test
There’s no special care needed after the test. You can go home and resume your normal activities.
If you are recommended for a vascular ultrasound, Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center in Knoxville, TN can help. We have a huge vascular suite with on-site Registered Vascular Ultrasound Technicians, and the East Tennessee region’s largest team of Board-certified Vascular Surgeons.
To schedule an appointment at Premier Surgical Vascular and Vein Center today call (865) 588-8229 or visit https://www.premiervascularveincenter.com/book-online/