Non-Invasive Vascular Tests

Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI Test

A non-invasive test that uses inflatable cuffs to gauge circulation (blood flow) and measure blood pressure in

the arteries at various locations on the thigh, calf, foot and toes. Done in an outpatient clinic or vascular laboratory.
Minimal, brief discomfort, similar to what you feel while having a routine blood pressure test with an inflatable arm cuff.

Duplex Ultrasound

Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive evaluation of blood flow through your arteries and veins. This test provides information to help your vascular surgeon make a sound diagnosis and outline a treatment plan. Accuracy is critical, so ultrasound testing should ALWAYS be performed by a credentialed sonographer in an accredited vascular laboratory.

Carotid Duplex

This painless, noninvasive test is used to see and measure the rate at which blood flows through your carotid arteries and look for possible blockages. No radiation, dye or needles are used. The test may be performed in a vascular laboratory, a doctor’s office or a radiology department.

You may be given a carotid duplex test to determine whether plaque has accumulated in your arteries, causing carotid artery disease (hardening of the arteries).

This is a no-risk test.

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