What is Involved with Vascular Screening?
Vascular screening involves procedures that assess the likelihood of complications in your arteries and veins. The physician checks whether your arteries and veins distribute the blood in the right way throughout your body. With proper screening, you can detect early signs of Peripheral Artery Disease, or PAD. Our experts use a variety of three advanced painless non-invasive diagnostic screening tests.
Doppler Ultrasound (Venous or Arterial)
A doppler ultrasound can help diagnose may conditions including: blood clots, poorly functioning valves in your leg veins, a blocked or narrowed artery, decreased blood circulation in your extremities and bulging arteries.
Venous doppler is a special ultrasound technique that examines blood as it circulates through a blood vessel. It captures images of your veins and will let your doctor know if there is any narrowing of a vessel or blockages to blood flow in your major veins. This test can take 30-60 minutes to complete.
An arterial doppler is a special ultrasound technique that examines blood as it circulates through a blood vessel. It captures images of your veins and will let your doctor know if there is any narrowing of a vessel or blockage to blood flow in your major arteries. This test can take 30-0 minutes to complete.
Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
This is a simple test that compares the blood pressure in the upper and lower limbs. In PAD, plaque builds up in the arteries. If often affects the vessels that bring blood to the legs. The reduced blood flow can cause pain and numbness. Low ABI may mean that your legs and feet are not getting as much blood supply as needed.
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