Mesenteric artery duplex is an ultrasound of your abdomen that looks at the arteries supplying blood to your intestines.
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.
A mesenteric artery duplex is performed to look for any blockages or narrowing to the mesenteric arteries that may contribute to unexplained weight loss, abdominal pain after eating or as a follow up after surgery.
Prior to a mesenteric artery duplex you will need to fast for at least 5 hours. No food, drink (except small sips for medications), chewing gum or smoking.
During mesenteric artery duplex you will be asked to lie on your back.
The ultrasound transducer will be run over your abdomen. You will feel pressure but minimal discomfort.
Mesenteric artery duplex usually takes about an hour.
A mesenteric artery duplex is a non-invasive procedure so you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities.
Your mesenteric artery duplex 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.