A Vascular Ultrasound is non-invasive imaging of the blood vessels in your body.
There is no preparation needed, just an appointment!
This is a non-invasive way to look for blood clots in your veins and plaque in your arteries -cholesterol buildup in your arteries/blockage.
The patient is asked to remove their clothing or jewelry from the area that is being imaged and the ultrasound technician will apply gel and an ultrasound sound probe to the area to take pictures. Imaging takes 10-45 minutes on average.
At our Manhattan Cardiology, our providers give you your results on the spot. Follow-up is dependent upon the results. For example, if significant plaque is found in your arteries we may prescribe medications such as Aspirin and Statin and recommend imaging of other arteries in your body.
There are no known risks for vascular ultrasounds.
Yes. Arterial ultrasounds help us detect plaque in your arteries. Once the plaque is found we often do “functional” tests that help us learn whether or not the plaque is obstructive. Examples of this type of testing are stress tests which are used to rule out obstructive coronary artery disease or ankle-brachial indexes to rule out peripheral arterial disease.