Non-Invasive evaluation of the arteries and veins of the legs
Non-invasive vascular testing utilizes various types of technology to evaluate the health of blood vessels at rest and sometimes with exercise. These procedures are generally painless and can help to determine if blood vessel disease is present, the location, and severity.
What is Non-Invasive evaluation of the arteries and veins of the legs
A venous ultrasound examines the circulation in veins of the arms and legs, most commonly looking for blood clots. Assessment of blood clot is done by compressing the veins and pressing the extremity to increase blood flow in the leg.
A lower extremity arterial evaluation (an ankle brachial testing or pulse volume recording test) examines the arterial blood flow to the lower part of the body and legs. This may be ordered when pain in the legs is produced by activity and relieved by rest.
There is no preparation necessary for NIV procedures.
Approximately 30 minutes to one hour should be allowed for the examination. You may be at The Radiology Clinic longer than that due to check-in and interview with the technologist.
If you have children, please make arrangements for childcare, as there are no childcare facilities on site. Due to radiation exposure, children are not allowed in the examination room.
What to Expect
You will be asked to lie on an examination table. Gel will be place on the area to be examined. For tests requiring inflation cuffs, you may experience some discomfort.
There are no side effects with these tests.