The non-invasive vascular lab performs studies such as: ankle brachial indices (ABIs), segmental pressures, pulse volume recordings (PVRs), toe pressure indices (TBIs) and diagnostic peripheral ultrasound to detect and quantify vascular disease.
How do I get an appointment?
A referral from your doctor is required.
What should I expect?
Examinations such as, ankle brachial indices (ABIs), segmental pressures, pulse volume recordings (PVRs), toe pressure indices (TBIs) and venous refilling times:
A registered vascular technologist (RVT) places multiple blood pressures cuffs both on the arms and legs. Using these cuffs the RVT will measure the blood pressure in your arm and ankles. The RVT will compare the blood pressure from your ankles and your arm to form an ABI ratio, document PVRs and segmental pressures which are predictors of how the circulation in your legs are performing.
Examination such as diagnostic peripheral ultrasound (Doppler/duplex), venous and arterial:
A registered vascular technologist (RVT) will place a clear gel on the skin and use an ultrasound scanning probe to obtain images of your arteries and veins. Ultrasound identifies or rules out blockages.