Ultrasound

Non-invasive & safe diagnosis, with a Vascular Surgeon’s opinion

What we look for:

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.


 

Scans we do and what they mean:

Carotid scan

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.


 

Leg Artery 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.


 

Venous scan

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.


 

Doppler Pressure Studies

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.

SHARP – Specialist Health Aneurysm Reach Programme

Dr Taumoepeau and Mr. JK Wicks have developed a subsidized patient Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening programme using ultrasound to detect abnormalities.  Both surgeons have developed SHARP (which has been running since July 2016) because they believe in early detection of AAA abnormalities and education for both GPs and patients about AAA disease.  Who is eligible?  Patients over 60 with one or more of the following risk factors:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Family History of cardiovascular disease
  • Smoker
  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)

What does a SHARP scan cost?

  • $45.00 community services card holders
  • $90.00 non card holders

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