Our Vascular Medicine Department offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services. Whether it is a blockage in a leg artery causing pain or a wound that won’t heal, our team of experts have the skills, expertise and technology to get you on the fast track to recovery.
What we do.
Our technologists undergo specialized training to perform a variety of vascular laboratory ultrasound or sonography tests. These tests can be important in finding blockages or disease in arteries located in areas such as the neck, kidneys, abdomen, lower extremities and aorta. Such testing can also help us make treatment decisions and prevent serious problems.
Vascular lab tests include:
- Carotid Duplex Scan: Gets images of the blood flow of the carotid arteries, which carry blood from heart to head, to check for blockages or narrowing.
- Venous Duplex Scan: Gets images of blood flow in the veins to check for clots.
- Venous Reflux: Evaluates blood flow in patients with varicose veins.
- Duplex Scan of Native Arterial and Arterial Bypass: Gets images of the blood flow of an arterial bypass graft in the leg after bypass surgery.
- Vein Mapping: This test helps examine veins prior to them being used for bypass.
- Abdonimal Duplex Scan; Renal Arteries, Mesenteric Arteries, Hepatic/Portal Vessels, AAA: An ultrasound test of the veins and arteries of the abdomen to determine if there is a blockage or clot.
- Segmental Doppler; Pressures and Pulse Volume Recording: Measure arterial circulation in either the arm of the legs by using blood pressure cuffs.
Invasive Vascular Medicine
Should any of your non-invasive tests reveal significant abnormalities, one of our vascular experts may suggest an invasive test called an angiogram. This allows direct visualization of the arteries in the arms, legs and aorta. Many times the surgeons are able to open blockages through the same small tubes to improve or restore blood flow.
Our vascular surgeons are also skilled in treating aortic aneurysms through similar small tubes inserted into the large artery in the groin, as opposed to an open surgical procedure. This reduces both the length of your hospital stay as well as your recovery time.