Vascular Surgery Medical Group
Vascular and Endovascular Surgery & Venous Physicians located in San Leandro, CA & San Ramon, CA
A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive imaging test that shows your veins and arteries. Board-certified vascular surgeon Michael Ingegno, MD, Varinder Phangureh, MD, Lamont Paxton, MD, Robert Gingery, MD, and Abid Mogannam, MD, at Vascular Surgery Medical Group have decades of experience as one of the first vascular ultrasound labs in the state. If you need a vascular ultrasound, call one of the offices in San Leandro and San Ramon, California, or book an appointment online today.
Vascular Ultrasound Q & A
What is a vascular ultrasound?
Ultrasound is a safe and painless procedure that uses sound waves to produce images of the inside of your body. A vascular ultrasound creates images of your blood vessels, including veins and arteries. The sound waves come from a handpiece (transducer) and bounce off tissues inside your body. A computer converts the wave information into images.
Vascular ultrasounds usually involve Doppler technology, which shows the movement of blood as it flows through your arteries and veins. Vascular Surgery Medical Group was one of the first practices in the area to offer ultrasound imaging of blood vessels.
Why would I need a vascular ultrasound?
The team at Vascular Surgery Medical Group uses vascular ultrasound for a wide range of purposes, including:
- Monitoring blood flow to various organs and tissues in the body
- Identifying arterial blockages and other abnormalities that affect blood flow
- Detecting blood clots, such as a deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Determining whether you’re a good candidate for a surgical procedure
- Evaluating varicose veins
- Diagnosing aneurysms
They may also use ultrasound technology to evaluate the success of surgical treatment, such as angioplasty and stenting.
What should I expect from a vascular ultrasound?
First, the team at Vascular Surgery Medical Group reviews your medical history and performs a physical exam to make sure a vascular ultrasound is the right test for you. Then, they explain any special preparations you may need to make. Certain procedures, such as an abdominal ultrasound, may require fasting ahead of time.
A vascular ultrasound is safe and painless. Unlike an X-ray, ultrasound doesn’t expose you to radiation. Your provider applies a small amount of gel to your skin to help the sound waves pass through. Then, they move the transducer over the area they need to examine. A computer monitor shows images of your blood vessels.
A typical vascular ultrasound takes 30-45 minutes, but complex exams may need more time. After the procedure, the team reviews your ultrasound and explains the results to you. This test doesn’t involve any downtime for recovery, so you can resume normal activities right away.
To schedule your vascular ultrasound, call Vascular Surgery Medical Group, or book an appointment online today.