Lower Extremity Arterial Duplex
An arterial duplex ultrasound is a standard practice commonly used in vascular clinics to identify numerous conditions in the lower extremities. The arterial duplex ultrasound uses sound waves to create a colored map of the arteries in the legs to identify and diagnose:
- Resting leg pain
- Narrowing of your vessels that may be causing leg pain while walking
- Foot, ankle, heel, and/or toe ulcers
- Skin discoloration
At Venocure, our team of vein doctors and technologists are highly trained in ultrasound imaging to give you the best vascular treatment in Brownstown and Dearborn. Contact our clinic today to make an appointment.
What to Expect
There is nothing in particular that patients need to do in preparation for an arterial duplex ultrasound. We suggest wearing clothing that will allow for easy access to your legs and leaving your jewelry off and at home for safe keeping so it won’t interfere or get in the way of the ultrasound. Upon check-in, the technologist will bring you back to the examination room and explain the process and answer any questions you have. The ultrasound is performed by laying down on an examination table and the technologist will begin to take a reading of your blood pressure at your ankles with a blood pressure cuff. Then, a gel will be applied all over the surface of your legs and the ultrasound will begin. You’ll begin to hear echo noises as the sound waves bounce off the muscle tissues and the blood moving through the arteries. These echoes are picked up by the transducer and converted into images that are immediately displayed on a monitor and studied to determine what (if any) conditions are occurring. The entire exam will take approximately 60 minutes.
There are no post-exam instructions and you can resume normal activities immediately after the ultrasound takes place. Your results are immediately available and one of Venocure’s vascular doctors will explain the ultrasound to you and how it affects your health.
If you are suffering from leg pain, don’t delay in hopes that it will go away on its own. Contact Venocure to schedule an appointment with a vascular specialist in Brownstown or Dearborn today!