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Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to evaluate the body's circulatory system and help identify blockages in the arteries and veins and detect blood clots. A Doppler ultrasound study is a technique that evaluates blood flow through a blood vessel. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation, has no known harmful effects, and provides images of soft tissues that don't show up on x-ray images.

Common Uses for the Procedure

Vascular ultrasound is performed to:

  • Help monitor the blood flow to organs and tissues throughout the body.
  • Locate and identify blockages and abnormalities to help plan for effective treatment.
  • Detect blood clots (deep venous thrombosis (DVT) in the major veins of the legs or arms.
  • Evaluate the success of procedures that bypass blood vessels.
  • Determine if there is an enlarged artery (aneurysm).
  • Evaluate varicose veins.