Vascular Ultrasound

A sub-specialty of general ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound is a sub-specialty of general ultrasound that requires specially trained vascular sonographers to deliver the service. Vascular ultrasound focuses entirely on examining the circulation of blood in the arms and legs. It does this by sending out radiation free, painless sound waves into the body to create images of soft structures and tissues. These images are sent onto a Vascular Surgeon for interpretation and analysis.

Services available within the vascular ultrasound specialty

While there are a large number of services available within the Vascular Ultrasound sub-specialty, the most common ones include:

  • Aorto-iliac duplex scan
  • Renal artery duplex scan
  • Mesenteric artery duplex scan
  • Carotid duplex scan
  • Lower limb arterial scan
  • Upper limb arterial scan
  • Ankle Brachial Index (ABI)
  • Ultrasound guided thrombin injection
  • Thoracic outlet study (bilateral arteries and veins)
  • Lower limb venous scan (DVT)
  • Lower limb venous incompetence scan (varicose vein scan)
  • Ovarian vein incompetence scan
  • Upper limb venous scan
  • Arterio-venous fistula scan
  • Vein mapping for surgery
  • Marking of veins for surgery.

The vast majority of these scans will take around 30 minutes to complete, plus some time required for administrative purposes. In total, you can expect your appointment to take roughly 45 minutes.

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