Vascular Ultrasound

Comprehensive Vascular Care

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

A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive test that evaluates the flow of blood through your blood vessels and looks for blockages and blood clots. Comprehensive Vascular Care in Southfield and Novi, Michigan, is a full-service vascular practice with a fully accredited vascular lab. The board-certified vascular, vein, and wound care specialists perform many types of vascular ultrasounds to help you get the answers you need to improve health and reduce the risk of serious health complications. To learn more about vascular ultrasound, call the office nearest you or book an appointment online today.

Vascular Ultrasound Q & A

What is a vascular ultrasound?

A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging test used to evaluate the circulatory system, which includes the arteries, veins, and capillaries. 

During the test, your provider uses a special transducer that sends sound waves into your body. These sound waves reflect off the blood cells as they move through your blood vessels and return to the transducer, which sends the information to a computer monitor that translates the sounds into moving images.

Your specialist at Comprehensive Vascular Care calculates the speed of your circulation during your vascular ultrasound, as well as look for blockages and blood clots. 

The team performs the procedure to diagnose vascular conditions such as venous insufficiency and peripheral artery disease (PAD).

 

What are the types of vascular ultrasound?

The experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care use vascular ultrasound testing to evaluate the circulation in many areas of your body. Types of vascular ultrasound include:

Carotid ultrasound

During a carotid ultrasound, your provider uses the imaging technology to evaluate the arteries in your neck, the carotid arteries, to look for blockages and assess the risk of stroke.

Aortic ultrasound

Your aorta is the largest artery in your body and carries blood from your heart and lungs to the rest of your body. During an aortic ultrasound, your provider looks for weaknesses in the artery that may show signs of an aneurysm.

Renal artery ultrasound

The renal artery ultrasound evaluates the flow of blood into your kidneys and looks for blockages. 

Mesenteric arterial duplex tests

During a mesenteric arterial duplex test, your provider evaluates the mesenteric arteries located in your abdominal area. Blockages in these arteries may cause abdominal pain or lead to an ischemic bowel (inadequate blood flow to the intestines).

Lower extremity arterial doppler exam

The lower extremity arterial doppler exam evaluates blood flow through the arteries in your legs to look for plaque buildup. They perform this vascular ultrasound to diagnose PAD. 

 

How do I prepare for a vascular ultrasound?

Your specialist at Comprehensive Vascular Care provides specific instructions on how to prepare for your vascular ultrasound based on the type of ultrasound you need. 

In most cases, there is no special preparation. However, your provider requests you wear comfortable clothing and leave jewelry and watches at home. 

 

What happens during a vascular ultrasound?

The experts at Comprehensive Vascular Care perform your vascular ultrasound at their state-of-the-art vascular lab. During your procedure, the certified vascular technologist has you lie on an exam table. 

Then, they apply a gel-like substance on your skin over the area of the body undergoing the procedure. The gel improves the movement of the transducer and transmission of the sound waves.

Your technologist then moves the transducer over the area that needs investigation to generate the images. Your provider at Comprehensive Vascular Care reviews the results of your vascular ultrasound with you and develops your personalized treatment plan.

To learn more about vascular ultrasound at Comprehensive Vascular Care, call the office or book an appointment online today.