Carotid Ultrasound is an ultrasound of your carotid arteries in your neck which supply blood to the brain.This exam can help show blood flow, narrowing or blockage of the arteries, early stages of cerebral vascular disease and it is utilized as a surgical follow up procedure.
Bypass Graft Surveillance is an ultrasound of your bypass graft.This exam helps the physician determine blood flow and whether the bypass is patent(open),narrowed or blocked.
Deep Vein Thrombosis(DVT) exam is an ultrasound of your veins allowing the physician to determine if there is Superficial Phlebitis, Deep Vein Thrombosis or Valvular Insufficiency. The vessels are viewed on a screen with the use of a transducer and ultrasound gel. The technician narrates the exam as it is recorded on a video tape.
Pulse Volume Recording(PVR) is a blood pressure test of the arteries in your arms or legs. Blood pressure cuffs are applied to your arms, legs and feet and inflated individually at each level several times . Numbers and waves are recored on a graph.The physician can determine blood flow, hardening of the arteries and narrowed or blocked arteries. Please bring or wear sneakers.
Renal Artery Ultrasound examines the arteries and blood flow in the kidneys. Measurements are taken to determine if the arteries are narrowed or patent (open). This exam is done in the morning as you must be fasting.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm exam is an ultrasound of your abdominal aorta. Measurements are taken to determine if the artery is dilated or aneurysmal. This exam is usually done in the morning as you must follow a fasting protocol.
****SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS for the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm and the Renal Artery Ultrasound tests:
1) NO SMOKING, NO CANDY, NO COUGH DROPS, NO GUM CHEWING.
2) Nothing to eat or drink 4 hours before the exam, except water.
3) Take Gas-X (1-2 tablets) the morning of the exam, 4 hours before the exam (this is available at the local
pharmacy) and any medications you may already take. Take as usual with water (no coffee).
4) If you are a diabetic, follow your usual diet and medication routine. DO NOT FAST!
Each test takes between 30-60 minutes to complete and requires no special preparation unless otherwise instructed.
The exam is taken with you lying on your back.
Once the tests are completed, the Physician will review the tape or graph and dictate a report for you and your cardiologist or primary physician to discuss together.
In the event of a scheduling difficulty, please call our office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
If your insurance company requires you to pay a copayment, it is due at the time of service. Copayments not received at the time of service are subject to a $10.00 service charge.