Lower Extremity Arterial and Venous Testing
If you are suspected of having lower extremity arterial disease such as
atherosclerosis, we may perform one or more tests including:
Pulse Examination: This is the primary assessment of the circulation
Arterial Blood Pressures: Using an ultrasound stethoscope (Doppler), the blood pressure in your
arms and legs is measured, and the pressures are compared. This test gives
the vascular surgeon a generalized assessment of the severity of the lower
extremity arterial disease.
Duplex Scanning: This test is useful for detecting blockages in an artery and measuring
the size of the artery. It may also be used to measure the size of a vein
that may be used as a bypass, a means of re-routing blood flow around
a blocked or occluded area.
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA): This test is also useful for imaging extremity vessels.
Angiogram: Tests in this category involve the injection of a contrast dye directly
into your arteries under X-ray guidance.