What is a vascular ultrasound?
Ultrasound, also known as sonography, uses sound waves to produce images. Physicians use this simple, effective procedure to help with a variety of evaluations, diagnoses, and treatment plans. Vascular ultrasound, which focuses on the veins and arteries, provides images of blood flow direction and patterns. Ultrasound does not require radiation or dyes.
Why has my physician ordered this exam?
Your physician may call for this simple, effective procedure to help assess and plan treatment for conditions of the blood vessels, veins, and arteries, such as:
- Arterial plaque, and associated constriction of blood flow
- Deep venous thrombosis (a clot in the vein)
- Peripheral arterial disease
Vascular ultrasound is also used to follow up and monitor changes after surgery.