Diagnostic Imaging Services

Vascular Access Centers

Vascular Medicine located in Memphis, TN

Diagnostic imaging services are a staple of the medical field and particularly important for detecting vascular diseases that affect your vascular organs. At Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis, our expert team holds accreditation with the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Vascular Testing program, meaning you’ll receive the highest standard of care when it comes to your vascular testing and treatment. Call to schedule your consultation or book your appointment online.

Diagnostic Imaging Services Q & A

How does diagnostic imaging work?

At Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis, we use a variety of diagnostic tests to measure the blood flow in your arteries and veins and determine if you’re at risk for certain vascular conditions such as stroke or peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

These tests, combined with various ultrasound tests and physiological testing, create a full understanding of your vascular health.

How do ultrasounds work?

A diagnostic ultrasound, also called a sonography, uses high-frequency sound waves to produce an image of the inside of your body. Ultrasound examinations allow our specialists to detect disease and other medical conditions undetectable through X-rays.

What types of diagnostic imaging tests are there?

Ultrasounds are used to measure the blood flow in your arteries and veins to determine if you are at risk for certain vascular conditions, such as stroke or peripheral arterial disease (PAD), or to rule out a deep vein thrombosis (DVT). We most often use diagnostic imaging for the following tests:

Vascular ultrasound

A standard ultrasound test, your vascular system is scanned to assess your overall vascular health. This includes how well your blood flows through your arteries and veins.

Intravascular ultrasound

In an intravascular ultrasound, a catheter is inserted into a vessel to assess its health. With this scan, our team can see the inside of your arteries and veins, and get accurate measurements of your condition.

Venous insufficiency duplex

Venous reflux is one of the most common problems affecting your veins and occurs when your venous valves function incorrectly, leading to reverse blood flow. A specialist performs a venous insufficiency duplex scan to see the vessels that return blood to your heart.

Lower Extremity Macro Circulation

Measuring the ratio of blood pressure in the ankle to the blood pressure in the upper arm is called the ankle-brachial index (ABI). This ratio can help to understand whether you might have early indications of peripheral arterial disease in your legs. Coupled with a pulse volume recording (PVR) — which measures blood flow within the vessels — these readings can provide a better picture of the overall blood flow in your lower extremities.

What can I expect during an imaging test?

As a provider accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission Vascular Testing program, your ultrasound at Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis will be quick and painless. For most types of ultrasound scans, the most you’ll need to endure is an application of gel to help the ultrasound device slide smoothly.

If vascular problems run in your family, call Vascular Access Centers of Memphis and East Memphis to schedule your consultation or book your appointment online.

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