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ETMC Cardiovascular Institute

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Vascular Lab

 

Patients receive the highest quality diagnostic procedures to detect vascular disease in our lab. These diseases can be life-threatening; however, with early detection through the use of non-invasive testing, vascular disease can be prevented.

The ETMC vascular lab is highly recognized, being among the first to be accredited by the Intersociety Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). The ICAVL is a non-profit organization established with the support of medical societies to perform quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease.

Accreditation signifies that the facility has been reviewed by an independent agency, which recognizes the laboratory's commitment to quality testing for the diagnosis of vascular disease. Participation in the accreditation process demonstrates the laboratory's concern for high-quality patient care and attention to quality assurance.

Procedures

 

  • Carotid Doppler
    A painless examination of the arteries in the neck using ultrasound. Often, plaque in the arteries of the neck can lead to transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) or strokes. During this procedure the patient lies down, and gel is placed on his or her neck. An ultrasound probe is rubbed up and down the neck to allow the technician to gain an image of the blood flow through the artery. At times, the patient may hear noise from the machine during the procedure. A preliminary report is sent to the doctor, and the final report is usually delivered within 48 hours.
  • Venous Doppler
    A painless examination of the veins of the arms and legs using ultrasound. Patients with swelling of their arms or legs, redness, who are warm to the touch, or who have ulcers may also form blood clots in their arms or legs. Deep vein thrombosis can lead to pulmonary embolus (blood clot in the lungs), which can lead to death. In a procedure similar to a carotid doppler, patients undergo ultrasound imaging of the arms or legs. As the probe is placed on the skin, the veins are compressed with the probe to allow the veins to be imaged. Again, a preliminary report is sent to the doctor, and the final report is usually delivered within 48 hours.
  • Arterial Doppler
    A painless examination of the arteries of the upper and lower extremities to test for arterial occlusive disease. Blood pressure cuffs are placed at four levels on the lower extremities and on two levels of the upper extremities. Pressure readings, as well as doppler signals, are taken at the different levels. Patients with arterial occlusive disease typically have pain in their legs when they walk. Early detection of occlusive disease can prevent loss of limbs.