Our Vascular Lab serves a variety of patient needs in a comfortable, relaxed setting.
What is the Vascular Ultrasound Lab?
Our vascular ultrasound lab is a fully equipped area used to create images that allow physicians to assess the health of the vascular system (veins and arteries) using ultrasounds. The vascular lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) in Extracranial Cerebrovascular, Peripheral Venous and Peripheral Arterial Testing. Our Fellowship Trained, Board Certified, Interventional Radiologists and Vascular Surgeons specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions and diseases.
What to Expect:
Our accredited vascular lab was created with comfort and ease in mind.
All studies are non-invasive, painless, and radiation free. During the procedure, a technologist will place gel over the area to be tested, and then press a small transducer across the area. The ultrasound waves create an image on the screen immediately. The procedure should take between half an hour to an hour to complete, and patients can return to their everyday activities following scans.
For further information regarding the testing available, please contact VIVA:
Extracranial Ultrasound Studies:
Carotid Duplex Scan: An ultrasound scan of the two carotid arteries. These arteries, located in the neck, circulate blood from the heart to the brain and face, and can cause a stroke if blocked. If blockage or buildup is suspected, your physician may order a CT scan to be done.
Extremity Ultrasound Studies:
Pulse Volume Recording (PVR), Arterial Doppler Study, or Arterial Duplex Study: Used for evaluation of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), a technician uses a combination of ultrasound equipment and blood pressure cuffs in order to obtain readings about blood flow throughout the arms and legs.
Venous duplex: A venous duplex scan can be performed on the upper or lower body to evaluate vein health. It can be used to find blood clots or other vein issues and can help to diagnose chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).
Mapping: Vein mapping is often used when preparing for surgery in order to give the surgeon a view of the patient’s veins ahead of surgery. Types of mapping include:
- Vein conduit mapping
- Fistula placement mapping (for dialysis access)
Abdominal Ultrasound Studies:
Aortic Duplex: Used mainly to evaluate the aorta and diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysms.
Mesenteric Arterial Duplex: Used to evaluate the mesenteric arteries for blockage or buildup. Untreated blockage or buildup can lead to the development of intestinal issues.
Renal Artery Doppler: An ultrasound test that evaluates the renal arteries–the arteries responsible for transporting blood to and from the kidneys–for blockage. It can also be used to determine causes of high blood pressure. This test can also be used for pre- and post-evaluation of renal transplant patients.
Liver Doppler: used to evaluate for portal hypertension, or an elevated blood pressure in the portal venous system. Issues with the portal vein can cause complications of the liver.
Abdominal Doppler: used to evaluate TIPS patency following treatment of portal hypertension.
Our high level of expertise offers greater assurances than most vein centers can provide. Our physicians will evaluate your specific needs and select the appropriate therapy.
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