Vascular ultrasound is a type of scan which produces diagnostic images on blood vessels. An ultrasound scan is performed by a sonographer and involves taking pictures of your body using sound waves that are so high frequency they cannot be heard by humans. When these ultrasound waves are applied to your body, they 'bounce back' off body tissues to form a picture. The images that are created can be used to help your doctor make a diagnosis.
We ask that you confirm whether you will be attending your appointment. If you cannot attend your scan, the appointment can always be given to another patient and your appointment rearranged.
You may need to prepare for your examination, depending on the part of your body that is going to be examined. Please check your appointment letter for any special instructions and follow the advice given. If you are diabetic and have been told to eat nothing before your appointment, please let us know as soon as possible so we can discuss your dietary preparation. One of our staff will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have. We may ask you to remove some clothing to scan the required area and examination gowns will be available.
We will ask you to lie down on a couch. If you are having a scan of your leg veins, you may be required to stand beside the ultrasound machine during some of your scan. We will put lubricating gel on the part of your body that is going to be scanned. This gel helps the sonographer to get better contact between your skin and the ultrasound probe. The probe is similar to a very thick blunt pen and is connected by a lead to an ultrasound machine and monitor. The probe is gently moved over the surface of the skin and an image is produced on the monitor.
The doctor who referred you will receive the ultrasound report on average within 4 working days of your scan. Your results will be given to you at your next outpatient appointment unless he or she has made different arrangements with you. We will contact you if we need to carry out further investigations.
Are there any side effects?
There are no side effects from this examination.
How long will it take?
The length of time taken depends on the type of examination. Usually, an ultrasound procedure will take 30 to 60 minutes.