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Vascular Ultrasound Imaging

With vascular ultrasound imaging, a specialist moves a small instrument known as a transducer gently across your body. The transducer produces high-frequency sound waves that “bounce” off your blood vessels (vasculature) and are used to create images of the two big arteries of your neck (carotid) that carry blood to the brain, arteries of the abdomen, and more.

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This test helps doctors look for narrowing of your arteries (stenosis), which can lead to a stroke or leg pain. It also helps doctors evaluate neurologic symptoms and other disease risk, assess patients at risk for blockages, and follow the progress of known arterial ailments. They also use it to check for:

  • Arterial wall damage
  • Blood flow after surgery
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Blood clots and other blockages
  • Tumors, aneurysms, and malformations

Vascular ultrasound is safe, effective, and painless. (It's the same technology used to image babies in the wombs of pregnant women.)

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