Lower Extremity Arterial and Venous Testing

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:

  1. Pulse Examination: This is the primary assessment of the circulation
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA): This test is also useful for imaging extremity vessels.
  5. Angiogram: Tests in this category involve the injection of a contrast dye directly into your arteries under X-ray guidance.