What Is It?
The carotid artery duplex scan is a sound waves ultrasound test. This test allows us to visualize the inner surface of the carotid arteries that run along each side of the neck. By checking these vessels, we can see if there is any blockage or narrowing. 


What Do I Do?
No special preparation is needed.


What Will Happen?
We obtain a brief history emphasizing current symptoms and pertinent family history. You will lie flat on the bed with your head elevated slightly. A technician places a gel on your skin and glides a probe over one side of your neck and then the other. You won’t feel any discomfort. 


How Long Does It Take?
The test takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
What Is It?
The renal arterial duplex scan is an ultrasound test. This test allows us to visualize the aorta and renal arteries that run through the abdominal area to the kidneys. By checking these vessels, we can see if there is any blockage or narrowing and also measure the speed of the blood as it flows through these arteries. 


What Do I Do?

  • Do not eat or drink anything 12 hours before the test to minimize the amount of abdominal gas. When abdominal gas is present, our ability to see is decreased. 
  • You may take your medications the morning of your appointment. 
  • Do not smoke or chew gum before the test. 
  • Do not drink any caffeine, alcohol or carbonated beverages the day before the test. 
  • Do not eat any dairy products the day before the test.

What Will Happen?
We obtain a brief history emphasizing current symptoms and pertinent family history. You will lie flat on the bed with your head elevated slightly. A technician places a gel on your skin and glides a probe over your abdomen. Direct skin contact is essential. You won’t feel any discomfort. 


How Long Does It Take?
The test takes approximately 60 – 90 minutes.
What Is It?
Registered vascular technologists utilizing state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment will evaluate the abdominal aorta to exclude or document aneurysmal disease. The aorta is the main artery in the chest/abdomen. An abdominal aortic aneurysm forms when the walls of this artery get weak and dilate/balloon. If the size of the aorta gets too large, the patient is at risk for the aorta to rupture. Abdominal aortic aneurysms can be repaired both surgically and by endovascular means. 


What Do I Do?

  • Do not eat or drink (except water) for eight hours before the appointment.
  • Do not smoke the day of the exam.
  • Take all scheduled medications.

What Will Happen?
You will be placed lying flat on your back. Using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment, the technologist will place gel on your abdomen. Images of the aorta will be obtained and diameters obtained. The patient may feel mild to moderate pressure on the abdomen as images are obtained. The data and images will be interpreted by a cardiovascular physician. A full report will be forwarded to your physician. 


How Long Does It Take?
This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.
What Is It?
Registered vascular technologists utilizing state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment evaluate the arteries of the abdomen for significant plaque and narrowing. The visceral arteries are responsible for carrying blood to the abdominal organs. If there is a critical narrowing or blockage of the abdominal arteries, interventional options will be discussed by the ordering physician after the ultrasound has been interpreted. 


What Do I Do?

  • Take all scheduled medications. 
  • Do not eat or drink (except water) for eight hours before the exam. 
  • Do not smoke prior to the exam.

What Will Happen?
You will be placed on a table lying flat. Using state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment the technologist will place gel on your abdomen. The patient may feel mild to moderate pressure on the abdomen as the images are obtained. Images documenting blood flow thru the visceral arteries are obtained. The data and images will be interpreted by a cardiovascular physician. A full report will be forwarded to the ordering physician. 


How Long Does It Take?
This procedure takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes.
What Is It?
The Lower Extremity Arterial Doppler study is a simple, non-invasive test to detect blockage of the blood vessels in the legs and feet. 


What Do I Do?

  • Refrain from smoking for a least one hour prior to the test.

What Will Happen?

We obtain a brief history emphasizing current symptoms and pertinent family history. You must remove your shoes, socks and slacks to perform the test. We place four blood pressure cuffs on each leg, from the upper thigh to the ankle, as well as a blood pressure cuff on each arm. This may cause slight discomfort. We use a probe about the size of a pencil to obtain blood pressure along each leg and in the arm. Direct skin contact is essential. 
You complete a five minute treadmill exercise test. We take your blood pressure at both ankles and in one arm immediately after the exercise and every two minutes until they return to normal. The test is complete at this point.


How Long Does It Take?
The test takes approximately 30 — 60 minutes.