Vascular Ultrasound is an imaging exam that uses ultrasound to evaluate real time blood flow through a blood vessel, including the body’s major arteries and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
Peripheral vascular ultrasound services in the Floyd County Medical Center are performed by the specially trained technologists of Special Medical Services. All of our Vascular Technologists hold the RVT designation through the American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonographers. We work closely with all area physicians to provide timely and accurate examinations. Upon completion of the exam a radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to your primary care physician or the physician who referred you for the exam, who will share the results with you.
Ultrasound Images help physicians see:
- Blockages to blood flow (such as clots) resulting in deep venous obstruction or arterial obstruction.
- Narrowing of vessels (Stenosis) in the arteries of the legs or arms indicating the presence of peripheral arterial disease or PAD.
- Narrowing of the carotid arteries of the neck which put a person at an elevated level for stroke.
- For the presence of an enlarged artery (aneurysm).
If your physician is concerned about these problems he/she may request that you have a vascular exam completed.
vascular disease screening
If you do not have symptoms but are concerned about vascular problems we also offer Vascular Disease Screening. Read below for more information about each specific test.
Screening for Carotid, Peripheral Artery Disease and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm requires only few minutes, is painless and can be done without a physician referral. Early detection of disease could save your life.
Ask your doctor about these life saving tests. Then make a call for your appointment, right here in your home town hospital, and at your convenience.
Monday through Friday – $35 each or all 3 for $95
The carotid arteries are located in your neck that supply blood to the brain. Over time, these arteries can narrow and reduce the amount of blood to the brain which can cause a stroke. A simple ultrasound test of these arteries will show if you have any plaque and narrowing of these blood vessels.
Peripheral Arterial Disease
P.A.D. is vascular disease, or narrowing of the arteries in your legs. You may or may not have any symptoms, such as pain in your feet or legs, cold feet, or open sores. Diabetics are even more likely to have P.A.D. Screening for peripheral diseases is done by taking blood pressures in both arms and ankles, with comparisons to determine presence of vascular disease.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Aortic aneurysm is the “ballooning” of the major abdominal artery caused by a weakening of the arterial wall, usually without symptoms. If the aneurysm bursts, it can be life threatening. An ultrasound exam can determine if you have an enlargement of this major artery.