What Are Peripheral Vascular Services?

Peripheral vascular services are non-invasive examinations of arteries and veins using ultrasound or Doppler. Tests include carotid duplex, venous duplex and arterial Doppler.

 

Who should have peripheral vascular examinations?

Patients who have symptoms of peripheral vascular disease or have recently experienced a stroke. Peripheral vascular services are often helpful in diagnosing peripheral vascular disease and looking for blockages or plaque in the arteries that may be the causes of stroke.

 

How often should you have peripheral vascular examinations?

As recommended by your physician.

 

How do you prepare for peripheral vascular procedures?

Generally, there is no preparation necessary for peripheral vascular procedures. However, your physician will give you any specific instructions if required.

 

What happens during the procedure?

The specifics will vary depending on the type of test. In most cases you will lie on your back while a water-soluble gel is placed on your skin over the extremity being tested. A hand-held transducer, which transmits high-frequency sound waves, will be passed over the area being tested. Often, blood pressure cuffs will be placed around your legs or arm depending on the type of test. The ultrasound or Doppler records images during this process.