A noninvasive method to measure the blood flow through  these vessels for prevention of stroke, diabetes, leg weakness & discomfort, and aortic aneurysms.Virtual Check-Up™
Screening Ultrasound / Carotid Ultrasound

Carotid Doppler Ultrasound
A carotid ultrasound  examination consists of assessing  the vessels in the neck using ultrasound technology to create images of the carotid arteries and measure the blood flow through these vessels. Anyone over age 50, or over age 40 with risk factors for stroke, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure or taking medication for high blood pressure or high levels of “bad”cholesterol  should have this screening.

The technologist uses a Ultrasound probe to produce color images of the neck vessels and make measurements of the wall thickness, narrowing of the size of the vessels ( stenosis) , and also take a look at the blood flow pattern and direction of flow. A report is then generated by the Radiologist based on the information obtained as above.

Peripheral Vascular Ultrasound
Pain, discomfort or weakness in the legs with exercise or walking are symptoms suggesting that there is a risk of insufficient blood flow to the extremities. The ankle brachial index is a valuable and simple screening test to assess the adequacy of blood flow to the lower legs. Blood pressure measurements are made at the level of the thigh, calf, and ankle and compared to pressure measurements in the upper arms. The normal values are 1.0 to 1.1. Additional imaging of the blood vessels is then suggested if the this screening test is abnormal.

In addition to the above mentioned symptoms anyone over age 50, or over age 40 with risk factors for stroke, diabetes, smoking, high blood pressure or taking medication for high blood pressure or high levels of “bad”cholesterol  should have this screening.

Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
In (AAA) the main blood vessel in the abdomen called the aorta is enlarged and the symptoms are usually pain the abdomen with sometimes a pulsatile swelling in the abdomen. Because abdominal aortic aneurysms have a risk of rupture with fatal bleeding in the abdomen screening for such aneurysms is advised in patients with or taking medicines for high blood pressure. Other risk factors are Diabetes, history of smoking, high cholesterol etc. Ultrasound technology can  measure the size of your abdominal aorta accurately. It also identifies if the aneurysm extends into and involves the other blood vessels going to other major organs.

 

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