Vascular scanning uses high frequency sound waves to produce pictures of your body's veins and arteries. It evaluates the blood flow in these blood vessels, using Doppler flow signals. It can be used to examine arteries and veins anywhere in your body. Arteries or veins in your neck, arm, leg or abdomen are most commonly examined.
A vascular scan, also known as a Doppler or duplex scan (because it uses both ultrasound pictures and Doppler flow measurements)
, helps to identify blockages and narrowing in your arteries and veins, and detect blood clots. It can also find tumours and congenital vascular malformations, reduced or absent blood flow to your organs including your testes or ovary and increased blood flow that may be a sign of infection. It is non-invasive, safe and painless.
Doctors may request a vascular ultrasound to help diagnose and treat medical conditions.
Vascular ultrasound is performed to:
A vascular screening is a check-up for your arteries and veins to see if you have vascular disease. Not all vascular conditions have symptoms, so it’s advisable to screen and check that your blood vessels are healthy. If a problem is found it can be treated early.
During a vascular screening, you will have a set of painless tests to check your blood vessels and see if they have any signs of disease.
You may have the following tests in your vascular screening:
A vascular ultrasound uses a small probe, called a transducer. You lie on a bed or stand on a step depending on the exact test you are having. You may be asked to remain fairly still whilst the doppler ultrasound scan is performed.
Ultrasound gel is placed on your skin and the probe is passed across it with light pressure. High-frequency sound waves travel from the probe through the gel into your body. The probe collects the sounds as they bounce back and a computer uses them to create an image.
The images are captured in real-time. This means the scan shows the structure and movement of your body's organs and blood flowing through your blood vessels.
There are various types of vascular ultrasound scan that are used to check different areas of your body.
The costs of a vascular scan will depend on the exact type of scan you have and your Ramsay hospital of choice.
We have a number of finance options if you are paying for your vascular scanning yourself. These include:
Vascular scanning is usually covered by most medical insurance policies, unless it is for cosmetic reasons. We advise that you obtain written confirmation from your insurance company before having your vascular scan.
The vascular ultrasound scan should be painless and is generally non-invasive. This means you won’t need any recovery time. Once the scan is finished you can leave straight away. Most people return to their normal daily routine after a vascular scan examination.
Ramsay Health Care offers state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging technology including doppler ultrasound at our network of UK hospitals. Our expert teams use the latest facilities and a comprehensive range of vascular scans to assess and diagnose vascular conditions accurately. If treatment is needed, it can be arranged seamlessly within your local Ramsay hospital.
We conveniently offer vascular screening to check your arteries and veins for vascular diseases as well as vascular scanning to diagnose symptoms . Appointments are available at times to suit you.
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