Ultrasound Evaluation Specialist

Vascular Associates of San Diego

Vein Specialists & Vascular Specialists located in San Diego County, La Mesa, CA

An ultrasound evaluation safely and painlessly produces images of your arteries and veins, allowing the experienced team at Vascular Associates of San Diego in La Mesa, California, serving all of San Diego County, to quickly diagnose vascular disease. The practice’s ultrasound lab is one of only a select few in San Diego County with the distinction of earning certification by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). This accreditation means the lab produces the highest-quality results and provides exceptional patient care. To schedule an appointment, call or use the online booking system today.

Ultrasound Evaluation Q & A

What is a vascular ultrasound evaluation?

Ultrasound is a type of imaging that allows your physician to accurately diagnose problems in your arteries and veins. The procedure is safe because it doesn’t use radiation. And it’s noninvasive, so you don’t need to worry about needles, injections, or incisions.

Ultrasound uses sound waves to create detailed images of the tissues and structures inside your body. During an ultrasound, your technician places a device called a transducer against your skin.

The transducer sends sound waves into your body. The sound waves bounce off internal structures and return to the transducer. Then the transducer transmits the information to a computer that translates the sound waves into real-time images.

When do I need an ultrasound evaluation?

The team at Vascular Associates of San Diego uses ultrasound to detect and determine the severity of vascular disease. The conditions frequently diagnosed with ultrasound include:

  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Renal artery disease
  • Peripheral venous disease
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Peripheral aneurysms
  • Aortic aneurysms

They also use ultrasound studies to assess your response to treatments and monitor the results of endovascular procedures.

What type of ultrasound might I receive?

A conventional ultrasound reveals the structure of your blood vessels and the surrounding tissues. Another technique called Doppler ultrasound shows blood flowing through your veins and arteries.

The team at Vascular Associates of San Diego often performs duplex ultrasound, which combines conventional and Doppler ultrasound. 

You may receive a duplex that scans your abdomen or specific blood vessels, depending on your symptoms and the suspected underlying condition.

What happens during my ultrasound evaluation?

During an ultrasound evaluation, you simply relax on the exam table. Your technician places a gel on your skin above the targeted blood vessel. The gel creates a bond that makes it easier for sound waves to travel through your skin.

Then they place the transducer against your skin and move it over the area. Most ultrasounds take about 30-45 minutes. During that time, you feel slight pressure from the transducer, but you won’t feel the sound waves or experience any discomfort.

After your ultrasound is finished, a physician who is specially trained to interpret vascular ultrasound studies analyzes the images and talks with you about the result.

At your request, Vascular Associates of San Diego sends a report to your primary care or referring physician.

If you have questions or need to schedule an ultrasound, call the office or use the online booking system today.