What is the doctor looking for?
He/she is looking at the blood circulation in the arteries and/or veins.
What is the test?
A technologist will take an ultrasound picture of blood vessels which is used to check circulation. The ultrasound is done by applying a cool gel and placing a transducer probe on the part of the body to be scanned.
Where are the tests done?
The test can be performed either in the vascular lab or at the bedside.
May I eat or drink?
Yes, unless you are told differently by your physician.
What about medications?
There are no restrictions on medications.
Will I have an IV?
Do I need special clothing?
Comfortable, loose fitting clothing.
What should I bring to the test?
How long does the test take?
45 minutes to 1 hour.
When will the results be ready?
Results are generally available to your physician within 24-48 hours.