A duplex ultrasound is a safe and non -invasive test that utilizes sound waves emitted through a hand held probe. This test can be used to help in evaluation of blood flow through your arteries, veins, prosthetic grafts and stents inside vessels. INformation obtained, helps your physician make a diagnosis and outline a treatment plan. An ultrasound testing should ALWAYS be performed by a credentialed sonographer.
Why It’s Done
Arteries that are tested can include; Carotids, Leg arteries, arm arteries, aorta and iliacs. Inferior vena cava (IVC), iliacs, femoral and leg veins can be studied with ultrasound. Other veins can include evaluation of arm veins e.g. prior to dialysis access creation.