Vascular Ultrasound is an imaging exam that uses ultrasound to evaluate real time blood flow through a blood vessel, including the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate:
- Blockages to blood flow (such as clots) resulting in deep venous obstruction or arterial obstruction.
- Narrowing of vessels (Stenosis) in the arteries of the legs or arms indicating the presence of peripheral arterial disease or PAD.
- Narrowing of the carotid arteries of the neck which put a person at an elevated level for stroke.
- For the presence of an enlarged artery (aneurysm).
If your physician is concerned about these problems he/she may request that you have a vascular exam completed.
Peripheral vascular ultrasound services in the Floyd County Medical Center are performed by the specially trained technologists of Special Medical Services. All of our Vascular Technologists hold the RVT designation through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. We work closely with all area physicians to provide timely and accurate examinations. Upon completion of the exam a radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam, who will share the results with you.
If you do not have symptoms but are concerned about vascular problems we also offer Vascular Disease Screening.