Your Legs and Arms

 

ARTERIAL

Your doctor will request an arterial study if he suspects a problem with blood flow to your arms or legs.

Signs & Symptoms 

Arterial Procedure

An Arterial assessment is performed in two parts:

  1. Blood Pressure Measurements - throughout the extremities at rest and/or post exercise (calf raises, walking and/or treadmill).

  2. Duplex Ultrasound imaging

Blood Pressures and/or Exercise

The Technologist will apply a gel to the skin over the artery that is being examined to ensure a close contact with your skin.  A Blood Pressure cuff will then be placed around your arms, thigh, calf and ankles to assess your blood pressure values at each site.  The cuff is then inflated (just like when you have your blood pressure taken).  The handheld device (transducer) is placed at a pulse site while the cuff is inflated.  You will hear a 'swishing/pulsating' sound while the test is being performed.  Once the sound disappears the cuff is slowly deflated, with the return of sound heard the blood pressure value is then recorded.  This is repeated for each cuff.  This may then be followed with exercise.  Post exercise only the arms and ankle measurements are taken again.

Arterial Duplex Ultrasound

The Technologist will apply gel to your arms or legs depending on the test ordered.  The gel ensures a close contact with your skin and allows the probe to glide over your skin while the Technologist performs the test.  You will hear a 'swishing/pulsating' sound during the testing.  The Technologist will watch images on the monitor and take 'pictures' when required.  After the procedure the gel is wiped off with a cloth or towel.

Preparations

There is no advance preparation.  We suggest you wear loose clothing.  You will be asked to remove your shoes, socks and pants (underwear (loose) and upper clothing will remain on

 

VENOUS

Your doctor may want you to have a venous test performed to determine if there is a clot in your veins, assess the origin of your varicose veins and/or test how well your venous valves are functioning.

Urgent Signs and Symptoms - Tests are done same day

Non Urgent Signs and Symptoms

Venous Procedure

Duplex ultrasound imaging is performed along with some breathing exercises.  The Technologist will apply a gel to the skin over the veins that are being examined to ensure a close contact with your skin.  The Duplex ultrasound exam measures the blood flow and valve function in your veins, and determines if your veins are free of clot.   You will hear a 'swishing' sound during the testing.  The technologist will watch images on the monitor and take 'pictures' when required.  You will be asked to do some deep breathing and the technologist will also squeeze your calf from time to time.  After the procedure the gel is wiped off with a cloth or towel.

 These tests are non-invasive and do not require the use of dye or needles.

Preparations?

There is no advance preparation.  We suggest you wear loose clothing.  You will be asked to remove your shoes, socks and pants.  Underwear (loose) and upper clothing will remain on.

 

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