What is a vascular ultrasound?
Vascular ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of your arteries and veins. Dr. Chadda uses vascular ultrasound to:
- Diagnose the cause of your symptoms
- Determine the best treatment
- Guide minimally invasive procedures
- Monitor changes in vascular diseases
If you have a high risk of developing vascular disease, ultrasound is also an excellent tool for screening. The information obtained from your vascular ultrasound allows Dr. Chadda to evaluate the health of your arteries and veins and determine if you’re at risk for an aneurysm, stroke, or arterial and venous diseases.
What conditions are diagnosed with vascular ultrasound?
Vascular ultrasound is a safe way to diagnose artery and vein problems throughout your body, including:
- Venous blood clots
- Venous insufficiency
- Peripheral artery disease
- Peripheral venous disease
- Carotid artery stenosis
- Renal artery disease
- Mesenteric artery disease
- Aortic aneurysms
Ultrasound reveals the severity of many vascular diseases, including atherosclerotic plaque and varicose veins.
What type of vascular ultrasound might I receive?
Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates uses several techniques for arterial, venous, and carotid ultrasounds. A standard ultrasound produces images showing the structure of your blood vessels and their surrounding tissues.
A special technique called Doppler ultrasound shows blood flowing through your veins and arteries in real-time. At Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, Dr. Chadda frequently orders a duplex ultrasound, which combines the standard and Doppler techniques.
What happens during a vascular ultrasound?
Your ultrasound technician uses a computer console, a video display monitor, and a transducer. The transducer is a handheld device that sends out radio waves.
After applying a gel to your skin above the veins or arteries in need of examination, they place the transducer against your skin.
The sound waves go painlessly into your body, bounce off the structures they encounter, and return to the transducer. The transducer sends information to the computer, which creates the images.
Most vascular ultrasounds take about 30-45 minutes. During that time, you only need to lay still while Dr. Chadda gets the images he needs. You do feel a little pressure from the transducer. Otherwise, you shouldn’t have any discomfort.
Since ultrasound produces images in real-time, Dr. Chadda can immediately review the results and talk with you about your diagnosis and treatment options.
If you have questions or need to schedule a vascular ultrasound, call Advanced Heart & Vascular Associates, or book an appointment online.