Vascular Ultrasound

Kelly Ultrasound Center

Ultrasound Clinic located in Greenville, SC

Vascular ultrasound is an excellent way to gain insight into arteries and veins throughout your body. One of many advanced ultrasound options available at Kelly Ultrasound Center in Greenville, South Carolina, vascular ultrasound is a powerful noninvasive diagnostic tool. If you or a loved one needs a vascular ultrasound, schedule an appointment today, online or over the phone.

Vascular Ultrasound Q & A

What is a vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound evaluates how well blood is flowing through your arteries and veins. The process uses a transducer to emit sound waves that bounce off your blood cells and return to the transducer. A computer measures the speed of the sound waves.

That data is calculated to determine the speed of blood flow within the vessel. If that speed is elevated, the blood vessel may be narrowed or partially blocked.  

When is vascular ultrasound used?

Vascular ultrasound is used to check for changes within your blood vessels that impede proper blood flow. This tool can diagnose narrowed arteries as well as blood clots. 

This type of specialized ultrasound can help diagnose abdominal aortic aneurysms or vascular disease in kidney arteries. Vascular ultrasound is also commonly used as a follow-up tool to check how well a stent or bypass graft is functioning. 

What types of vascular ultrasounds are available?

Your doctor explains the various types of ultrasounds and discusses which options are best suited for your specific set of needs. Some of the available options at Kelly Ultrasound Center include:

Critical vessel screening

A critical vessel screening examines your carotid arteries, abdominal aorta, subclavian arteries, and tibial arteries.

Ankle-brachial index

Examines blood pressure in your arms and legs to diagnose or check the progression of peripheral artery disease. This test is available while at rest or during exercise.

Aorta duplex ultrasound

Examines the portion of your abdominal aorta that runs from beneath your abdomen to your iliac bifurcation, as well as your left and right iliac arteries.

Carotid

Carotid examines your left and right common carotid arteries as well as bulbs, bifurcations, internal and external carotid arteries, and vertebral arteries. 

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Examines your abdominal aorta to check for signs of potential aneurysm and atherosclerosis. 

These are just some of the vascular ultrasound options available at Kelly Ultrasound Center. There are options to suit virtually every set of needs. 

How do I prepare for a vascular ultrasound?

Your doctor discusses your preparation routine in detail well in advance of your appointment. You may be asked to fast for four or more hours prior to your appointment. It’s also a good idea to take an antacid 30 minutes before your test. 

Some types of vascular ultrasound require no advance preparation. You simply arrive at the scheduled time. The entire process takes less than an hour, and you’ll be back to your normal daily routines in no time. 

The team at Kelly Ultrasound Center makes every effort to provide reports within 24-48 business hours. The doctor who ordered your test should be in contact soon to discuss your next steps. 

If you need a vascular ultrasound, scheduling is as easy as a phone call to Kelly Ultrasound Center or a few moments on the online booking page.