Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound
Aortic aneurysms are often discovered during an ultrasound, a painless screening test that uses high-frequency sound waves to view the Aorta which is the main artery leading from the heart to the abdomen, This ultrasound verifies that patients are clear of any blockages or aneurysms( A ballooning of the vessel).
A painless screening ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to view the carotid arteries. It looks for plaques and blood clots and determines whether the arteries are narrowed or blocked. A Doppler ultrasound shows the movement of blood through the blood vessels.
Lower Extremities Doppler
Arterial Doppler- This painless screening Doppler checks patients for Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) by performing a painless ultrasound on the lower extremities to quickly check blood flow and circulation.
This painless screening ultrasound is very similar to the Arterial Doppler, instead of checking the arteries, the venous Doppler checks for Venous Insufficiency, which tracks the blood flow through the Venous system in the lower extremities.
Doppler Ultrasounds are done to:
+ Find blood clots and blocked or narrowed blood vessels in almost any part of the body, especially in the neck, arms, and legs.
+ Evaluate leg pain that may be caused by intermittent claudication, a condition caused by atherosclerosis of the lower extremities.
+ Evaluate blood flow after a stroke or other condition that might be caused by a problem with blood flow.
+ Evaluate varicose veins or other vein problems.
+ Monitor the flow of blood following blood vessel surgery.
+ Find out the presence, amount, and location of arterial plaque. Plaque in the carotid arteries can reduce blood flow to the brain and may increase the risk of stroke.