Hemodialysis is a way to rid the blood of impurities when the kidneys are no longer able to do the job. Because hemodialysis is something that must be performed regularly, access to the bloodstream is a concern. At Northwest Vascular & Vein, we offer hemodialysis imaging to locate the best point of entry and prepare for the creation of a dialysis graft or fistula that makes hemodialysis access that much easier.
Hemodialysis access imaging is performed through a non-invasive ultrasound examination. Ultrasound uses sound waves to create an image of the arteries and veins in question, to allow for the best possible selection of access points. In addition to seeing the overall structure of the vessel, Doppler ultrasound also shows blood movement inside the vessel to identify any narrowing or blockages inside.
Prior to the ultrasound examination, warm gel is placed on the skin around the examination area. A handheld device called a transducer is run across the skin’s surface, taking images of the arteries and veins underneath. The entire procedure typically takes less than one hour to complete and involves no discomfort or downtime afterward.
Hemodialysis access imaging is the first step to creating effective hemodialysis access that makes treatment as easy as possible. To learn more about hemodialysis access imaging, contact the staff at Northwest Vascular & Vein.