Vascular Medicine

We Care About Your Heart

When it comes to diseases and conditions concerning your heart and vascular system, you want to know everything you can to be healthy. MetroWest Medical Center’s Vascular Medicine Laboratory offers both diagnostic and therapeutic services for a wide variety of vascular conditions. Whether it’s a blockage in a leg artery causing pain or a wound that won’t heal, our team of experts has the skills, expertise and state-of-the-art technology to get you on the fast track to recovery.

Why Choose MetroWest?

Our skilled technologists undergo special 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 health problems.

Some of the vascular lab tests and procedures we offer include:

  • Carotid duplex scan: Captures images of the blood flow in carotid arteries, which carry blood from heart to head, to check for blockages or narrowing.
  • Venous duplex scan: To check blood flow in the veins for clots.
  • Venous reflux: Evaluates blood flow in patients with varicose veins.
  • Duplex scan of native arterial and arterial bypass: Obtains images of the blood flow of an arterial bypass graft in the leg after bypass surgery.
  • Vein mapping: Helps examine veins before they’re used for bypass.
  • Abdominal duplex scan: 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): Measures arterial circulation in either the arm of the legs by using blood pressure cuffs.
  • Invasive vascular medicine: Should any of your noninvasive 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.

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