Lower/Upper Extremity Arterial Ultrasound
Arterial ultrasound of the lower and upper extremities is a standard way to locate blockages in the arteries that block blood flow to various organs of the human body, cause of peripheral arterial disease. Doppler ultrasound is a popular and most trusted method that helps in the detection of circulation problems in the blood flow. It clarifies the actual cause of discomfort and allows the physician to take appropriate decisions.
How is this procedure done?
Ultrasounds are a non-invasive and painless procedure The technologist applies a water-soluble gel with the help of a transducer, on the area to be examined. It produces high-frequency sound waves into the arteries and veins that are under focus. Blood pressure cuffs are placed on various parts of the patient’s body including thigh, calf and ankle. The sound waves create images of the blood flow on the monitor which are then used for further analysis.
Most people report no discomfort while undergoing or even after the ultrasound. It is a non-invasive technique and does not involve use of any ionizing radiations.
Follow-Up or Next Steps
This test for an arterial ultrasound of extremities is comfortable and involves no harmful radiations. Thus, it allows the patients to resume their normal activities soon. There are no after-care steps to be followed. The patient can wait for the test results which will then decide whether any further treatment is required.