What is the purpose of a vascular ultrasound exam?
A vascular ultrasound exam looks at the blood vessels to see whether there are any areas of narrowing or blockage. The vessels most frequently examined are in the neck, arms, and legs.
The patient lies on a table. The sonographer (technologist who performs the exam) will put a warm water-based gel on the skin surface being examined. The gel helps to transmit sound waves by excluding air. An instrument called a transducer will be moved over the skin surface by the sonographer.
How do I prepare for this test?
No special preparation is necessary.
How long will it take?
The test will probably take about one half hour, depending on the area to be studied. In some cases, the exam may last up to one and one half hours.
Will it hurt?
How will learn the results?
Call your physician to discuss the results.