Vascular imaging, or vascular ultrasound, is a non-invasive test to evaluate blood flow and diagnose certain conditions. The Metropolitan Vascular Institute offers a few different options for vascular imaging, including the Venous Doppler and venous duplex ultrasound, which utilize high-frequency sound waves to collect detailed images of the blood vessels.
Learn more about vascular imaging, including when it may be needed, what conditions it may be used for, and more.
When Might Vascular Imaging Be Used?
We might utilize one of our state-of-the-art vascular imaging devices if you’re displaying symptoms that may be associated with vascular conditions, such as:
- Burning or pain in the legs, buttocks, or hips
- Leg sores
- Muscle atrophy
A vascular imaging device can check that you’re getting blood flow to your lower extremities or provide us with the necessary information if you are not.
We also use these tests to monitor your blood vessels’ health following treatment, such as with a venous disease bypass surgery.
A vascular imaging device can help us to diagnose potential problems such as:
- Atherosclerosis: This is a condition in which the arteries begin to thicken due to plaque buildup along the inside of the artery.
- Blood Clots: Blood clots can form in arteries and veins, leading to medical conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, heart attack, etc.
- Carotid Artery Disease: A blockage or narrowing that develops in the carotid arteries.
- Deep Vein Thrombosis: A condition in which a blood clot forms in a deep vein, such as in the arm, leg, or pelvis.
- Vascular Disease: When plaque develops in the blood vessels that remove waste and carry oxygen and nutrients throughout the body.
- And More
What To Expect During Your Vascular Imaging?
While each device is slightly different, the testing is similar. During your test, you will be asked to lie on an exam table where an ultrasound technologist will apply a lubricating gel to the area they will examine. They will then use a transducer (probe) to collect images of your veins and arteries. The testing times vary from person to person, depending on how many images are needed.
Schedule an Appointment
If you’re concerned about your vascular health, contact the Metropolitan Vascular Institute. Located in Waldorf, MD, we have a passionate team of vein specialists who can provide you with minimally invasive, world-class treatment options. Contact our office today at (301) 374-8540 or submit a contact form.