Thanks to major innovations in technology designed to diagnose vascular disease, physicians can now view the arteries and veins in sharp detail, allowing disease to be identified earlier and with greater clarity than ever before.
Here are some of the imaging tests available at Swedish for diagnosing vascular conditions.
Transcranial Doppler is an innovative technique that uses ultrasound to analyze the blood flow in a patient’s brain. This technique is able to detect abnormal flow from the heart to the brain, as well as flow within the small blood vessels of the brain.
Computed tomography angiography
The current generation of multirow detector CT scans (64-slice scanner) provides sharp detail of peripheral arteries or the arteries in the body’s extremities. It enables 2-D and 3-D visualization of the arteries and veins and is extremely helpful in treatment planning for stent grafting (a procedure for treating aneurysms) and angiography procedures (an imaging procedure in which a radioactive tracer is inserted into the bloodstream via catheter for a clear view of an artery).
Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
Magnetic resonance angiography enables non-invasive (doesn’t enter the body or puncture the skin) viewing of peripheral arteries and veins without using contrast dyes or radiation. It provides detail of the interior (lumen) and walls of the blood vessels. It helps with diagnosis and treatment planning of peripheral arterial disease and disease of the veins. At Swedish, we have state-of-the-art technology to perform MRA.
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