What is a Vascular Ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses high frequency sound waves to make an image of your internal body structures. Vascular ultrasound will measure the blood flow through your arteries or veins. Ultrasounds are safe and painless.
What to Expect
You may be asked to remove some items of clothing or change into a gown, depending on which test you are having, so that the sonographer can access the skin. A special gel is rubbed on the part of the body being tested to improve sound quality. Then, a transducer (a hand-held instrument that transmits sound waves) is held against your skin while images of the blood vessels are recorded. You will usually need to lie down and remain still for the examination, and you may be asked to move into different positions throughout the scan.
Preparing for the ultrasound
If you are having the arteries or veins in your abdomen checked, you will be required to fast. This is to prevent bowel gas from blocking the view of the arteries and veins underneath and allows for a more accurate test. Please check when you are booking your appointment for further instructions.
When will I get the results?
The results will be sent to your doctor within 1-3 days.
Ultrasound Info Sheets
Please use the below links to access the Ultrasound Information Sheets for the various types of Ultrasound Tests.
Vascular Lab Request Form