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Vascular Ultrasound

What is vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound is a way of looking at veins and arteries using sound waves to create a picture. These pictures can provide information about the structure of the blood vessel, and the way the blood flows within it, and as a result we gain detailed information about an artery or a vein.

A sonographer will carry out the scan. Sonographers are highly trained and skilled at assessing and explaining the pictures. Confirmation of the scan results, clinical interpretation and any other recommendations, is the domain of the vascular surgeon, who is trained and credentialed in ultrasound.

Conditions we scan for

Carotid arteries

The carotid arteries supply blood to the brain. Carotid disease may increase the risk of stroke. A scan can determine whether there is a blockage or a narrowing. So, following this, we will then discuss options with the patient, who may benefit from carotid artery surgery.

Sonographer conducts ultrasound on patient's left side of the body.
Sonographer conducts abdominal ultrasound on patient's left side of the body.

Arm arteries and veins

Arteries and veins pass out to the arms between the collar bone and the rib cage. Compression here may cause poor blood flow to the arms and the hands, as well as swelling and sometimes blood clots. Conditions that cause cold fingers, for example, Raynaud’s syndrome, sometimes require arm artery assessment and, as a result of this, effective treatments can begin.

Arteries and veins in the abdomen and pelvis

Scans look at all the major veins and arteries. This includes aorta, kidney arteries and arteries to the organs and intestines. Examples of these scans are abdominal aortic aneurysm monitoring and pelvic varicose veins assessment.

Leg arteries and veins

Scans also look at the leg arteries and veins. This includes varicose veins scans. Scans are useful for identifying leg artery blockages. Such blockages may cause walking problems or ulcers.

Doctor conducting ultrasound of thyroid gland to woman patient
Doctor conducting ultrasound of thyroid gland to woman patient in closeup.

How do I get ready for a vascular ultrasound scan?

Before your scan, we will give you instructions about what to do. This includes what to wear and what you can eat or drink. Scans will take between 30 and 60 minutes.

Ways to book a scan

Book Your Vascular Ultrasound Scan at Rev Vascular Ultrasound.
Please go to our REV Vascular Ultrasound website at: www.vascularscans.co.nz and fill in the health form there or call: 0800 801 101.