Vascular Study

Bethel Medical Associates LLC

Internists & Pediatricians located in Rockland County, New City, NY

If Dr. Stanley John suspects you have an artery or blood flow problem, he may order a vascular study for you. During this outpatient procedure at Bethel Medical Associates, a sonographer takes an ultrasound of your veins. To learn more about this safe, painless procedure, contact the New City, New York office online or over the phone.

Vascular Study Q & A

Bethel Medical Associates LLC

What’s a vascular study?

A vascular study is a non-invasive test to evaluate blood flow in your arteries and veins. Three common types of vascular tests include pulse volume recording, carotid duplex scan, and carotid artery duplex scan.

Pulse volume recording

Dr. John takes your blood pressure in your arms and legs. Then, he compares the two readings. They should be identical, but if the blood pressure in your legs is lower than in your arms, it could indicate peripheral vascular disease.

Carotid artery duplex scan

During this vascular ultrasound, a technician inspects your carotid artery for blockages. He or she can also take pictures of the veins that branch off the carotid artery.

Carotid Doppler test

A carotid duplex scan is a Doppler ultrasound of the carotid artery in your neck. It gives Dr. John a clear look inside the blocked area and gives him glimpses of your blood flow.

When do I need a vascular study?

Dr. John may use a vascular study to assess blood flow in your main arteries or to gauge the effectiveness of treatments to restore blood flow. He may recommend a vascular study if you show indicators of conditions like:

  • Atherosclerosis: buildup in the arteries
  • Aneurysm: a dilated artery
  • Blood clot
  • Inflammatory conditions such as infection or autoimmune disorder
  • Varicose veins: bulging veins in the legs
  • Peripheral vascular disease: narrowed blood vessels in your limbs

How is a vascular study performed?

Most vascular studies use ultrasound to see inside the veins. During an ultrasound, you lie down on an exam table while a sonographer applies gel and glides the probe across your skin. Sound waves from the wand bounce off your bones and organs, creating a picture on a computer monitor.

The sonographer captures clips of your artery structure and blood flow. If you need a pulse volume recording, the sonographer attaches blood pressure cuffs during the procedure.

When the test is over, the technician cleans the gel from your skin and sends the results to Dr. John. Dr. John discusses the results with you once he assesses them.

Bethel Medical Associates provides vascular studies at the New City, New York location. Call or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.