What we look for:
Our dedicated vascular ultrasound scans look at veins and arteries to help investigate a number of conditions including:
- a mini-stroke (TIA) or stroke > carotid scan
- varicose veins > leg artery scan
- deep vein thrombosis (DVT) > venous scan
- poor circulation > doppler pressure studies
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.
Scans we do and what they mean:
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.
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.