Vascular Ultrasound

An ultrasound is used to capture moving images of various part of the body, such as movement of the internal organs, in order to diagnose potential problems. Main Street Radiology utilizes vascular ultrasound to evaluate the body’s circulatory system. A vascular ultrasound shows blood flowing through the body’s arteries and veins.

This test is recommended for patients with suspected circulatory problems in order to help locate blockages such as blood clots and the build-up of plaque, determine if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm), and monitor the blood flow throughout the body. Vascular ultrasounds can also help determine the cause of a stroke.

About the Procedure

The vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure. The patient will be comfortably positioned on an exam table and a clear gel will be applied to the area of the body being examined. Using a hand-held device called a transducer, ultrasound signals are sent and received, instantly being displayed on a computer monitor for review. The transducer is held in place until the blood flow information is recorded. A vascular ultrasound can take 30 to 90 minutes to perform. There are no side effects of the vascular ultrasound and patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately following the test.

Preparation for Procedure

What to bring and wear:

  • Bring your insurance cards, prescription and photo ID.
  • Comfortable, loose-fitting clothing should be worn. You may be asked to change into a gown or remove any clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.

Arrive on time:

  • You should arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment time.
  • If you must cancel or reschedule, you need to do so at least 24 hours before your appointment.