The vascular system or circulatory system is made up of the vessels that carry blood and lymph through the body. The arteries and veins carry blood throughout the body, delivering oxygen and nutrients to the body tissues and taking away tissue waste matter. Vascular disease is a condition that affects the arteries and/or veins.
The board-certified vascular surgeons provide complete care for acute and chronic vascular disease, including the latest in open and minimally invasive care for patients with arterial and venous disorders.
Carotid Duplex: A Carotid Duplex scan is an ultrasound-based diagnostic imaging technique to reveal structural details of the carotid arteries, so as to look for blood clots, atherosclerotic plaque buildup, and other blood flow problems.
Venous duplex: Venous duplex scan is a painless exam that uses ultrasound to capture images of internal views of veins that return blood to the heart. During an upper extremity venous duplex scan, the veins in your neck, shoulders, arms and wrists are viewed. During a lower extremity venous duplex scan, the veins in the legs and ankles are viewed.
Venous duplex scans can show blood clots in leg veins and evaluate for abnormal veins causing varicose veins.
Arterial Duplex: Arterial duplex scan is a painless exam that uses ultrasound to capture internal images of the major arteries in the arms, legs and neck.
A Doppler ultrasound test helps to determine how the blood is flowing through your arteries. Arterial duplex can show plaque buildup in arteries to help detect peripheral vascular disease (PVD).
Ankle Brachial Index: The ankle-brachial index test is a noninvasive way to check for peripheral artery disease (PAD). The disease occurs when narrowed arteries reduce the blood flow to your limbs. PAD can cause leg pain when walking and increases the risk of heart attack and stroke.
The ankle-brachial index test compares the blood pressure measured at your ankle with the blood pressure measured at your arm.
Allie Sohn, MD
Nebraska Heart Institute