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Vascular Lab

Carotid Ultrasound | Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound | Venous Ultrasound | ChicoUltrasound is a painless noninvasive procedure and usually takes only a few minutes for our Registered Vascular Technologist or your physician to perform. No preparation is required. Patients are simply asked to wear loose-fitting clothing in the area to be studied. There is no anesthesia required and no downtime associated with this procedure. During the ultrasound procedure, a clear gel is applied to the area to be studied and a transducer is then moved across the area to produce images on the monitor screen. Once the results have been analyzed, your doctor will discuss a personalized treatment plan with you.

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Carotid Ultrasound

A carotid ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to evaluate the carotid arteries that carry blood from the heart to the brain. This procedure is usually performed to diagnose carotid artery disease in patients who are beginning to show symptoms or who are at a high risk for the condition, including seniors and those with diabetes or high cholesterol.

During a carotid ultrasound, the patient lies on their back and a transducer is moved across the neck to produce ultrasound images of the carotid artery. These images show the structure of the arteries and the blood flowing through them, allowing your doctor to determine if plaque has built up and narrowed one or both of the arteries, which can lead to reduced blood flow to the brain.

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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound & Monitoring

The aorta is the largest blood vessel and carries oxygenated blood from the heart to smaller vessels throughout the body. Ultrasound imaging of the aorta is highly useful for detecting aneurysms (bulging) within the aorta.

This procedure is often used to screen for and detect signs of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a condition in which the walls of the abdominal aorta become weak and begin to balloon outward. Ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless way to help screen for this serious condition in patients over the age of 60 or those with a family history of AAA.

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Venous Ultrasound  

A venous ultrasound provides diagnostic images of the vessels within the lower extremities. It is frequently performed on patients with leg swelling and varicose and spider veins. While many diseased leg veins are visible on the skin, many patients may experience significant vein reflux deeper within the leg that can be detected only through ultrasound. A venous ultrasound shows thorough and detailed images of the vessels, along with the direction of blood flow to help accurately diagnose vascular conditions.

Venous ultrasound may also be used to detect blood clots in the legs that may contribute to deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. It can also be used to guide placement of a needle or catheter in a vein.

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Non-invasive Lower Extremity Arterial Testing

Arterial TestingNon-invasive Lower Extremity Arterial Testing is performed to check for peripheral artery disease (PAD). This test includes Doppler waveform analysis, pulse volume recordings, and an ankle-brachial index, also known as an ABI. Peripheral artery disease is a condition involving blockages in the arteries of the arms or legs. If left untreated, peripheral artery disease can cause leg pain while walking, and in more severe cases it can cause gangrene, requiring amputation.

The test is performed by a technician with the patient lying down. It usually takes less than an hour and is painless. A Doppler ultrasound is used to record the blood flow pattern at different points in the legs and feet. Blood pressures are recorded and compared in the arms, legs, feet, and toes. If peripheral artery disease has been detected, your physician will recommend a customized treatment plan.

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