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
- 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.