Arterial Ultrasound

Instructions for the Test

There are no special preparations for this test. You can take all medications as directed. Plan on being at our office for 1 – 2 hours for this exam.

What is an Arterial Ultrasound?

It is a test that utilizes ultrasound to obtain images of the blood flow in the lower extremity Arterial Tree. The test provides your doctor with information to help diagnose and treat Peripheral Vascular Disease (PVD/PAD).

How is the Test Done?

You will be given a gown to change into and asked to remove pants, shoes, and socks for this exam. The test is done with the patient laying flat on their back. You may be asked to adjust your leg position throughout the testing process. Comparative blood pressures will be taken for each extremity (arms and legs). The tech will then use the ultrasound transducer with contact gel to obtain images of the blood flow through the arteries of the legs. The test is safe and painless.

Test Results

The physician will review the obtained images and give you the results at a later appointment and/or send the report to your physician.