Arterial duplex scanning may be recommended to diagnose blockages of arteries in the arms and legs. It is often ordered when a patient is experiencing pain in the arms or legs during activity that improves with rest. The non-invasive examination studies both the structure of the arteries and blood movement through the arteries to detect potential blockages caused by plaque build-up.
Duplex ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of arteries and even measure blood movement through those vessels. The procedure identifies narrow areas of the artery and diagnoses conditions like peripheral artery disease or PAD. The test can be used to determine the best course of treatment to restore healthy blood flow to the vessel.
Arterial duplex is performed at Northwest Vascular & Vein on an outpatient basis and takes one hour or less to complete. A warm gel is applied to the skin and then a handheld device known as a transducer is moved across the skin’s surface. The transducer sends sound waves to the artery so that an image of the artery can be revealed on a small screen.
Through arterial duplex, our physicians can make accurate diagnoses and recommend the best treatment options for each individual patient. To learn more about this diagnostic test, contact Northwest Vascular & Vein today.