Q: What is a vascular ultrasound exam?

A: A Vascular Ultrasound Exam looks at blood vessels to determine if there are any areas of narrowing, blockage or clots. Your doctor may request that the blood vessels in your neck, arms, or legs be examined.

Q: How is a vascular ultrasound exam performed?

A: The technologist will apply a water-based gel to the skin surface in the area being examined. The gel helps to transmit the ultrasound waves. The technologist will guide a transducer over the skin surface to examine the blood vessel.

Q: How is an arterial evaluation performed?

A: If an arterial examination of the arms or legs is ordered, the technologist may use blood pressure cuffs to evaluate the circulation.

Q: Are there any preparations needed for these tests (i.e.: do I need to fast)?

A: For the most part, there is no special preparation. The exception to the rule is when a renal exam is requested. For that particular exam we ask that you not eat or drink 8 hours prior to the exam.

Q: How long does an exam take?

A: Typically, exams usually take between 30-60 minutes, depending on the specific test being requested.

Q: Will it hurt?

A: No.