The arterial doppler test is a blood pressure test for the arteries in your legs or arms. It is usually ordered to see if there is a lack of blood flow through your legs or arms, which may be caused by a blockage in your arteries. The blockage may be a result of plaque or cholesterol that has built up in the arterial wall.
For the test, you will be asked to disrobe from the waist down or waist up, except for your undergarments.You will lie on your back and blood pressure cuffs will be applied on both your legs and arms. A "doppler probe," about the size of a pencil, will be used to listen to the blood flow in your arteries and will test your blood pressure. After this part of the test is over, you may be asked to walk on the treadmill. The technologist will test the blood pressure at your ankles when evaluating the legs.
If you are scheduled for an arterial doppler:
Please allow approximately one hour for this test.
Vascular disease is the reduced circulation of blood to a body part caused by a narrowed or blocked artery or other blood vessel. Stroke, aneurysms and kidney failure are examples of conditions that can be caused by inefficient blood flow. Fortunately, our vascular screening, designed for individuals 55 and older, encompasses three different screenings to help detect early signs of vascular disease so circulatory conditions can be treated.
Our vascular screening includes:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) screening
An AAA screening uses ultrasound to check for weakness in the walls of the aorta, the body's largest artery. The aorta takes blood from the heart and through the chest and belly before dividing into the two main arteries that supply blood to your legs. if the walls of that artery weaken, the artery can balloon out, causing the risk of rupture, which often leads to death. When this occurs below the chest and near the belly, it's called an abdominal aortic aneurysm.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) screening
Our PAD screening uses the ankle brachial index (ABI), which compares the blood pressure in the lower legs to the blood pressure in the arms. When compared to the arm, a lower blood pressure reading in the leg is an indication of blocked arteries or peripheral artery disease.
Carotid Artery Disease (CAD) screening
The carotid artery screening provides ultrasound images of the two carotid arteries located on each side of the neck. It checks for narrowing or clogging of these arteries caused by plaque buildup, which can lead to a stroke.
To schedule your screening, call 262-928-3000. No physician referral is needed to receive this screening. However, you must have a primary care physician in the event follow-up care is needed.
The fee for the screening is $99. Payment is due at the time of your appointment. Medicare and most insurance companies do not cover the cost of the vascular screenings included in this specially priced package. The cost may be an eligible expense through your flexible spending account.
The type of ultrasound machine that is used in this test is called a duplex. This machine sends sound waves into your body. The sound bounces back to create a picture of your blood vessels and the surrounding tissue. Types of vascular ultrasound duplexes we perform include: Carotid duplex Venus duplex Arterial Duplex
Cartoid Duplex Test
The carotid duplex test is ordered to see if there is any blockage to the carotid arteries. The type of ultrasound machine that is used in this test is called a "duplex." This machine sends sound waves into your body, and the sound bounces back to create a picture of your blood vessels and the surrounding tissue in your neck.
For the test, you will be asked to lie on your back, and the exam room will be dark. A gel-like substance will be applied on your neck, and a technologist will guide a "probe" along your neck. This procedure is totally painless and takes about one hour to complete.
A dialysis graft duplex test is ordered to see if there is any technical "blood flow" abnormality in the bypass graft or the arteries to which the graft is attached. Early detection of the blood flow problems in the graft wall enables the surgeon to correct the problem before the graft becomes totally blocked.
For the test, you will be asked to sit in a chair and place your arm on the exam table.
The technologist, using an ultrasound probe, will make an image of the graft. At various times throughout the test, you will hear the "doppler." It gives off a high-pitched heart beat sound. This test will take about one hour to perform.
A lower limb graft duplex test is typically performed to see if there is any technical "blood flow" abnormality in the arterial bypass graft or the arteries to which the graft is attached. Early detection of the blood flow problems in the graft wall enables the surgeon to correct the problem before the graft becomes totally blocked.
For the test, you will be asked to disrobe from the waist down, except for your undergarments. You will lie on your back, and the exam room will be dark. A gel-like substance will be applied to your leg, and the technologist will guide a "probe" along your leg, which will image inside your graft. This procedure is totally painless and takes about one hour to complete.
If you are scheduled for a Vascular Ultrasound Duplex:
Wear comfortable clothing that can be removed for the test when needed.
During the test, a sonographer will hold the transducer in appropriate places and obtain images for the physician.
Results will be reviewed and interpreted by a vascular surgeon and sent to your doctor.
A Vascular Ultrasound Duplex takes approximately one hour and is generally painless.