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Our dedicated vascular ultrasound scans look at veins and arteries to help investigate a number of conditions including:
Vein and artery health is important to overall wellbeing. It may also be dangerous to put up with conditions that need treatment. Our diagnosis will help to either put your mind at rest or point you in the right direction for treatment. Contact us today.
A Carotid scan is an ultrasound scan of the carotid arteries in the neck that lead to the brain. This study is used to detect a blockage or narrowing of the carotid arteries, which may cause a mini-stroke, stroke or eye problems. The Carotid scan takes about 30 minutes. There are no special preparations. You should wear loose fitting clothing for your scan.
A Leg Artery scan is a non-invasive scan used to assess peripheral vascular disease (PVD) or blockages in the arteries. PVD can cause leg pain when walking, cold feet and ulcers. The Leg Artery scan takes about 30 minutes for each leg.
A Venous scan is used to assess vein function and the presence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Venous disease or DVT can cause varicose veins, venous ulcers or leg swelling and pain. The scan takes between 20 and 60 minutes.
A Doppler Pressure Study measures the blood pressure in feet. It is used as a screening test for peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The sonographer wraps a blood pressure cuff around each ankle and measures the blood pressure in both legs. The Doppler Pressure Study takes about 20 minutes. Sometimes an exercise Doppler Pressure Study will be done as well. This gives us information about blood flow to your legs when you’re walking, running or cycling.
A vascular ultrasound scan is like any other scan but this one looks at your blood vessels to see if there are any narrowing veins or any blockages or clots. The scan is non-invasive, which means there are no injections or preparation needed beforehand. You can just lie there and relax.
You will need to wear loose clothing on the day. If you are having a scan on your abdomen, you must not eat anything for four hours before your scan. We will give you specific instructions about whether you can eat or not.
The sonographer will first apply a water-based gel to your skin surface in the area being studied. This gel transmits the ultrasound waves. The sonographer will then guide a hand-held instrument or transducer, over the skin surface to examine your blood vessels.
Typically, the scan takes between 20 and 60 minutes, depending on the test being done.
No. These scans are non-invasive and do not include needles, injections or dyes.
The cost of the scan depends on the treatment you are having. We will provide a quote when you book your scan.
No. You can book your scan by calling us on 0800 83 46 44. It is important to discuss your health with your doctor but you don’t need a referral.