STUDIES WE INTERPRET
The two carotid arteries on the sides of the neck deliver blood from the heart to the brain. This test utilizes sound waves to determine if carotid arteries are blocked/narrowed, which is called stenosis. Carotid arteries which are narrowed, due to plaque build-up, cause an increased risk of stroke. The carotid ultrasound exam is administered by a technician who uses a transducer to generate images of the carotid arteries.
Bilateral Arterial Ultrasound
An arterial ultrasound of the upper or lower extremities provides pictures of the arteries and the blood flow within the arteries of the arms or legs. An arterial duplex ultrasound uses sound waves to create a color map of the arteries in your legs to identify resting leg pain, narrowing of your vessels that may be causing leg pain when walking, and skin discoloration.
Bilateral Venous Ultrasound
Venous ultrasound is generally administered on leg veins to determine the presence of blood clots or deep vein thrombosis (DVT). As part of this process, a duplex ultrasound captures vein images. Whereas Doppler ultrasound analyzes blood flow by noting the change in frequency of sound waves. Venous ultrasound is also utilized to identify tumors and the narrowing (stenosis) of blood vessels
An echocardiogram, or echocardiography, is an ultrasound exam that utilizes sound waves to capture videos of the heart for the diagnosis or monitoring of heart disease. An echo determines heart motion, the thickness of the heart’s walls and heart valve function. This study also measures ejection fraction (EF), or the percentage of blood that leaves the heart when it contracts. In addition, it determines the potential narrowing (stenosis) of a heart valve or a leaking (regurgitation) valve.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) occurs when atherosclerosis or plaque buildup causes the walls of the abdominal aorta to become weak and bulge outward like a balloon. An AAA develops slowly over time and has few noticeable symptoms. To confirm the presence of an AAA can be done with an abdominal ultrasound, abdominal and pelvic CT or angiography.