Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular UltrasoundVascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body's veins and arteries.

A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a vascular ultrasound examination.

Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood velocity as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.

Common uses of Vascular Ultrasound

  • Help monitor the blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body.
  • Locate and identify blockages (stenosis) and abnormalities like plaque or emboli and help plan for their effective treatment.
  • Detect blood clots (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the legs or arms.
  • Determine whether a patient is a good candidate for a procedure such as angioplasty.
  • Evaluate the success of procedures that graft or bypass blood vessels.
  • Determine if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm).
  • Determine the source and severity of varicose veins.
  • Doppler ultrasound images can help the physician to see and evaluate:
  • Blockages to blood flow (such as clots).
  • Narrowing of vessels (which may be caused by plaque).
  • Tumors and congenital malformation.