Vascular Ultrasound

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Vascular ultrasound is a diagnostic imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to produce images of the body’s veins and arteries. Jefferson Radiology’s vascular lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). It is staffed by Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT's) and Board Certified Interventional Radiologists with specialized training in performing and analyzing vascular disease.

Need to Know

Nice to Know
  • You may be asked to change into a gown prior to the procedure
  • Ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive, radiation-free diagnostic test that uses high-frequency sound waves to create images of body tissues
  • You may be instructed to fast prior to the exam
  • The exam is painless, non-invasive, and there are no known side effects
  • Ultrasound uses sound waves higher than human hearing can detect


Why is This Exam Done?

Vascular ultrasounds are commonly used to monitor the flow of blow to tissue and organs within the body. This procedure can also be used to determine the severity of a person’s varicose veins or to find enlarged arteries. Blood clots and deep vein thrombosis may also be detected through a vascular ultrasound. This procedure will detect tumors, narrowing of blood vessels, and any blockages to blood flow, such as bloodclots.

What Will Happen During the Exam?

Our experienced and caring sonographers who will be performing your exam are specifically accredited in Ultrasound, and have been trained on our state of the art equipment.

The ultrasound sonographer will request that you lay quietly during the test to help ensure that the images are clear. He or she will then apply a special gel directly on the skin above the area to be examined to increase sound wave conduction and reception. The sonographer will then press the transducer against your skin and may move the transducer back and forth to get clear images of the underlying blood vessels and structures.

The procedure typically lasts for 30 minutes, but the duration varies depending on the structure being examined.

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How Should I Prepare?

  • Before the test is administered, you may be asked to change into a gown
  • Your physician may instruct you to fast prior to the exam
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What Are the Benefits and Risks?

The benefits of Vascular Ultrasound:

  • Ultrasound images are shown in real-time as they happen
  • The structure and movement of the body's internal organs and structures are able to be seen and recorded
  • The exam is painless and non-invasive
  • No ionizing radiation is used for this procedure

Risks you should be aware of:

  • There are no known risks for ultrasound
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Where Can I Get This Exam?

We perform vascular ultrasound at nine of our office locations:

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