A vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive ultrasound method used to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body.
Vascular ultrasound can be used to evaluate arteries or veins in nearly any part of the body, including blood vessels in the neck, abdomen, arms and legs.
Evaluation of blood flow in the arteries and veins of the body to detect the presence, severity and specific location of disease. We can diagnose narrowing of arteries and determine the severity of narrowing. We can also use vascular ultrasound to diagnose blood clots in the veins of the arms and legs, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT.
It is non-invasive and does not require exposure to radiation or contrast dye, which can damage the kidneys. It is also a terrific test because it is one of the few that gives physiological information about blood flow in the arteries and veins. Ultrasound is also highly portable compared to other types of vascular imaging (such as CAT scans or MRI).
Assessment of vascular disease in the abdomen (such as kidney arteries, abdominal aortic aneurysms). Vascular ultrasound is also the most commonly used test to follow-up patients after they have undergone a vascular procedure such as a bypass graft or stent.