Vascular ultrasound and physiologic vascular procedures are booked for The Surgical Clinic patients in the Vascular Laboratory. This convenient and comfortable settings allow Registered Vascular Technologists (RVTs) to evaluate the blood supply to and from various parts of the body. This information is obtained without any invasive procedures. After an appointment, you will, therefore, be able to return to your regular schedule of activities. It is important to point out that your care will be delivered by a professional with an RVT certification. The RVT certification, not required in many labs, is the standard at The Surgical Clinic’s labs and helps to assure you that your tests are being conducted by people specialized in these diagnostic procedures.
The Surgical Clinic understands that many times patients will want to get things moving as fast as possible. Vascular Labs are part of The Surgical Clinic in the convenient locations of St. Thomas West, Downtown Clinic, Summit, Skyline,and all three of the Vein Centres at Belle Meade, Mt Juliet and Cool Springs. These locations allow you to access advanced laboratory professionals without the congestion of a hospital setting. While appointments are required, it is often possible to make a ‘same-day’ appointment. Your test results will be sent to your Surgeon to help determine a recommended course of treatment.
The state-of-the-art laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission and each of the RVT’s are registered through the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS).
If you need a vascular ultrasound, you should meet and talk to Christine Cahill, ANP-BC, who oversees many of our patient’s ultrasounds.
Vascular Health Screening
The key to excellent vascular care is proper diagnosis and treatment options. The Surgical Clinic’s ICAVL accredited vascular laboratory offers vascular screening services to assure that you receive proper diagnosis and treatment of your vascular condition. The state-of-the-art vascular ultrasound screening services are painless, fast and accurate. A vascular screening will help identify unnoticed vascular conditions. However, these screening do not take the place of a physical exam.
More about Ultrasound
Physiologic (Non-Imaging) Testing
Arterial Doppler with Segmental Pressures Upper and Lower Extremities
Arterial Doppler with Treadmill
An ultrasound is created when high frequency sound waves are exposed to a body part. These waves are assembled to create a picture of the inside of the body. Sometimes this type of imaging is called ultrasound scanning or sonography.
The risk of exposure by using ultrasounds is very low since unlike an x-ray, there is no ionizing radiation. The technique allows images of the inside of your body to be captured in real time while they are working. This reveals the structure and movement of the internal organs as well as lets doctors watch blood flowing through your vessels.
There are different types of ultrasound images that can be captured. A conventional machine displays images in thin, flat sections. Other technologies allow for a three-dimensional (3-D) image or an image that shows the entire structure to be studied from all angles. A four-dimensional technology (4-D) image can allow the radiologist to put a 3-D image in motion.
You may also be scheduled for a Doppler ultrasound. This is a special technique that examines blood flowing through a vessel. Areas of your body where a Doppler might be used are major arteries (the vessels that carry blood away from the heart) and veins in the abdomen, arms, legs and neck.
By watching the tissues at work, doctors can observe abnormalities, diagnose problems and develop treatment plans. Since the procedure is just tracking sound waves, there is no recovery time for you from this procedure.