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Vascular Procedures

You may have non-invasive vascular tests to check the arteries and veins in your arms, legs and neck for problems including varicose veins, thrombophlebitis and blood clots. These tests are non-invasive, because they don't require dyes, X-rays or needles.

Tests to diagnose venous disease include:

  • Venous duplex imaging
  • Doppler ultrasonic signal with spectral analysis
    • Color flow velocity mapping and imaging
    • Use ultrasound to create a two-dimensional picture of your veins
    • Help your physician diagnose venous disease including weak valves and blood clots
    • Measure the size of veins used in bypass surgery

Tests to diagnose artery disease include:

  • Arterial blood pressure
  • Waveforms
  • Exercise test
    • Find the location and extent of blockages in your leg arteries.
    • Use an ultrasound stethoscope or Doppler to record blood flow at points along your leg.
    • Take blood pressure readings in your legs and arms before and after you walk on a treadmill.
  • Doppler ultrasound
    • Uses an ultrasound stethoscope to analyze the sound of blood flowing through your arteries to your brain.
    • Helps your physician diagnose blockages in your carotid arteries that could lead to a stroke.
  • Duplex scanning
    • Uses ultrasound to create a picture of the arteries in your legs or leading to your brain.
    • Locates blockages.
    • Measures the size of an artery and how well blood flows through it.
  • Vasculogenic impotency testing
    • Uses ultrasound to diagnose vascular disorders as a cause of impotence or sterility in men.
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