Vascular Diagnostic Testing

Comprehensive Vascular Care

Vascular Surgery & Vein and Wound Specialists located in Southfield, MI & Novi, MI

Your vascular system is a complex network of blood vessels that carries blood to and from your heart. Conditions that affect your vascular system may have a major effect on your health and wellness. Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, is a full-service practice that offers advanced vascular diagnostic testing. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists perform vascular diagnostic testing to help you get the answers you need to improve your health. Call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Vascular Diagnostic Testing Q & A

What is the vascular system?

Arteries, veins, and capillaries are the network of blood vessels that make up your vascular system. Each blood vessel has a specific job:

  • Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body
  • Veins return oxygen-poor blood and waste back to your heart and lungs
  • Capillaries connect arteries and veins 

There are many health conditions that affect your vascular system and the flow of blood throughout your body. 

What is vascular diagnostic testing?

Vascular diagnostic testing assists in finding vascular diseases and conditions to explain your symptoms. Comprehensive Vascular Care is a full-service vascular practice and uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools to help you get the answers you need.

They are an accredited vascular laboratory and recognized by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC®). 

The team uses the information gathered from your vascular diagnostic testing to confirm or rule out conditions such as:

  • Venous insufficiency
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Carotid occlusive disease
  • Aneurysms

These conditions affect blood circulation and may lead to life-threatening conditions such as a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary embolism. 

What are the examples of vascular diagnostic testing?

The experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care perform many types of vascular diagnostic testing. Examples include:

Ankle-brachial index (ABI) test

The ABI test is a noninvasive vascular diagnostic test that assesses blood flow in your legs and arms. 

During the test, your provider uses inflatable cuffs to gauge circulation and blood pressure in the arteries at various locations on the thigh, calf, foot, and toes. Your provider compares these measurements to the blood pressure readings taken from your arm.

Vascular ultrasound

The vascular ultrasound, or duplex ultrasound, is a noninvasive test that uses sound wave technology to generate images of your vascular system. 

During a vascular ultrasound, your provider places a transducer on the body undergoing examination. The transducer emits sound waves that bounce off the blood cells moving through your blood vessels and back to the transducer. 

The transducer then sends the information to a computer, which translates the sounds into moving images.

They perform many types of vascular ultrasounds, including:

  • Upper and lower extremity arterial doppler exams
  • Renal artery ultrasound
  • Mesenteric arterial duplex test

Your provider uses the information gathered during your vascular ultrasound to calculate the speed of your circulation. It may also help find blockages and aneurysms. 

Carotid duplex

During a carotid duplex, your provider uses sound wave technology to measure blood flow through your carotid arteries, which are the main arteries that supply blood to your brain, to look for blockages. 

You may need a carotid duplex to confirm or rule out carotid artery disease or hardening of the arteries. 

To learn more about vascular diagnostic testing at Comprehensive Vascular Care, call the office or schedule a consultation using the online booking tool.