1000 Hwy 35 North, Suite 8
Benton, AR 72019
(501) 315- 4008

Vascular

Carotid Ultrasound

An ultrasound of the carotid (neck) arteries. The sonographer utilizes a microphone like device (transducer) along with gel to obtain information about these important vessels that provide blood flow to the brain.

  • No special preparation required.
  • Results available same day if urgent
  • Gives an accurate estimate of blockage severity
  • Excellent for long term monitoring (no radiation)

Ultrasound of the Upper and Lower Extremities

In our clinic, a variety of ultrasound tools are used to evaluate blood flow to the arms and legs. Blockages in the arms and legs are referred to as PAD. Patients with PAD have a high risk of developing heart blockage as well.

ABI Physiologic Study

  • An excellent screening study to evaluate leg and arm pain
  • When normal – generally no further testing needed.
  • No special preparation for test
  • When abnormal – generally indicates need for more advanced testing

Ultrasound Lower Extremity

  • Can see blockage and estimate flow by color doppler of arteries in the leg
  • Can see and rule out leg artery aneursym
  • Excellent for long term monitoring.
  • Excellent for reevaluating leg arteries after balloon and stent procedures.
  • No special preparation for test

Ultrasound of Upper Extremity

  • Can see blockage and estimate flow by color dopper of arteries in the arm
  • Can help estimate degree of blockage in subclavian (underneath collarbone) arteries
  • No special preparation for test

Abdominal Vascular Ultrasound

In our clinic, abdominal vascular ultrasound refers to examination of vessels that provide flow to the kidney, and GI systems plus the aorta.

Gastrointestinal Ultrasound (Mesenteric ultrasound)

  • Special preparation – nothing to eat for eight hours prior to test
  • Results usually discussed at next office visit
  • Helps evaluate GI pain by estimating amount of blockage

Kidney Artery ultrasound (Renal ultrasound)

  • Special preparation – nothing to eat eight hours prior to test
  • Results usually discussed at next office visit
  • Helps evaluate decreased kidney function
  • Helps decide if blockage significant enough to cause hypertension
  • At same visit – kidney size and tissue also evaluated to rule out cyst and tumor formation

Ultrasound of the Abdominal Aorta

  • Special Preparation – nothing to eat eight hours prior to test
  • Results usually discussed at next office visit
  • Gives an accurate estimation of blockage build up
  • Helps evaluate for aneurysm
  • Excellent for monitoring aneurysm change in size over time (no radiation)
  • Can sometimes see and evaluate very beginning of leg arteries (ILLIAC System)