Arterial upper limb ultrasound is an ultrasound of your upper limbs to assess for any narrowing of the arteries.

Through a hand-held transducer and gel applied directly on your skin, ultrasound uses non-radiation sound wave technology to create an echo image of the organs and vessels in your body.

The procedure is often performed to determine if the arterial blood flow to your arms is adequate and assess for any potential areas of blockage.

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There is no particular preparation required for an arterial upper limb ultrasound.

You may wish to wear a loose and comfortable two-piece outfit. Your arms will need to be exposed for the procedure.   

During an arterial upper limb ultrasound, you will be asked to lie on your back while the ultrasound transducer is moved over one or both of your arms to view the upper limb arteries.

An arterial upper limb ultrasound usually takes about 45 minutes.

An arterial upper limb ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure so you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities.

Your arterial upper limb ultrasound results will be reviewed and the report will be sent to your referring doctor. It is best to make an appointment with them to follow up on the results.

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