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Vascular Ultrasound

What is a vascular ultrasound?
An ultrasound is an imaging test that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of your body. Rather than producing a static picture, ultrasounds show the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Ultrasound may be used to detect heart problems.

What are some common reasons why a vascular ultrasound may be performed?
Vascular ultrasound is used to help diagnose and treat a variety of medical conditions. A vascular ultrasound provides pictures of the body’s veins and arteries and helps identify diseases in blood vessels. The types of vascular ultrasounds include:

  • Arterial Pressures and Waveforms
    • Evaluates the arteries that supply your arms and legs with blood.
  • Carotid Doppler
    • Detects blockages in your carotid arteries in your beck and vertebral arteries.
  • Echocardiogram
    • Evaluates your heart, the blood flow to your heart, and the blood flow through your heart chambers, heart valves, and blood vessels.
  • Venous Duplex
    • Detects blood clots in the veins of your arms or legs.

How is a vascular ultrasound performed?
You will be instructed about what to wear to your appointment, what to eat before the test, how the test will be performed, and how the test will feel.

A gel or oil is applied to your skin to help transmit high-frequency sound waves. A transducer is passed back and forth over the area of your body being examined. The reflected sound waves are then converted into a picture displayed on a TV screen. The picture produced by an ultrasound is called an ultrasound scan or an echocardiogram (heart test).

How do I schedule a vascular ultrasound?
A vascular ultrasound can be performed at Sacred Heart Hospital and Sacred Heart Imaging Northampton, an affiliate of Sacred Heart HealthCare System.

To schedule a vascular ultrasound at Sacred Heart Hospital, please call One Call Scheduling at 610-776-5180.

To schedule a vascular ultrasound at Sacred Heart Imaging Northampton, please call 610-262-6622.

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