The Vascular Laboratory at Swedish Vascular Surgery provides vascular imaging service with new, state-of-the-art equipment for diagnostic testing. At our facilities, patients can receive superior quality non- invasive testing and vascular consultations, if needed, all in one visit.
The Vascular Laboratory performs a wide variety of vascular testing, including:
- Peripheral Venous duplex
- Peripheral Arterial duplex
- Cerebrovascular duplex
- Abdominal Vascular duplex.
We specialize in Peripheral Venous duplex, the top most requested exam in our ultrasound laboratory. Performed on a daily basis by experienced vascular sonographers, we evaluate upper and lower extremities to rule out acute, chronic or recurring deep vein thrombosis (DVT), examine varicose veins and map veins prior to surgery. With all peripheral venous testing, referring physicians will be notified immediately by phone of positive or negative DVT results. If indicated by the referring provider, the patient may then receive a consultation with a vascular surgeon, treatment and follow-up monitoring in our clinic.
We also perform Peripheral Arterial duplex imaging of upper and lower extremities to evaluate for occlusive disease, aneurysm, claudication, ulceration, diminished pulses and bypass graft evaluation. For claudicating patients, exercise testing is administered with resting and post-exercise ankle and arm blood pressures prior to imaging of the arteries. Dialysis access grafts can also be assessed for patency and function.
We regularly perform Cerebrovascular duplex imaging to evaluate bruit, transient ischemic attack (TIA), stroke/CVA, preoperative screening and syncope, among other indications. All major branches of the aortic arch are imaged, including innominate, vertebral and subclavian arteries in addition to common, internal and external carotid arteries. If indicated, intracranial arteries are imaged to assess for collateralization, vasospasm or intracranial artery stenosis.
Abdominal duplex is commonly performed to monitor aneurysms, occlusive disease and to assess endo-luminal or bypass grafts of the aorta or iliac arteries. Visceral Vascular and Renal Artery duplex are available for patients with hypertension, intestinal angina or intrahepatic stents, such as TIPS. With all abdominal imaging patients, we request at least 8 hours of fasting prior to exam time to minimize bowel gas.
Our goal is to provide same-day service for patients and providers requesting vascular testing. Following each exam, preliminary results are immediately entered and sent via EPIC to referring providers within the Swedish network. Providers outside the Swedish network will be notified of preliminary results via fax. Our experienced vascular surgeons interpret ultrasound results and a finalized report is sent to referring providers within 48 hours after the examination.
All our vascular sonographers are Registered Vascular Technologists with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS) and have extensive experience in vascular diagnosis. The Vascular Laboratory is accredited by ICAVL, the nation’s certification authority for non-invasive vascular laboratories. Swedish Vascular Surgery prides itself in providing prompt, top-quality patient care in a compassionate, courteous environment.