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Venous and Arterial Ultrasound of the Upper and Lower Extremities

What to Expect During the Procedure

A venous ultrasound of the upper or lower extremities provides pictures of the veins and the blood flow within the veins of the arms or legs. An arterial ultrasound of the upper or lower extremities provides pictures of the arteries and the blood flow within the arteries of the arms or legs.

The exam will be performed by a sonographer, a technologist who is specially trained in ultrasound. A small hand held device called a transducer will be passed over the surface of your arms or legs, producing a sensation of light pressure on your skin. During the examination, the sonographer will at times need to apply gentle pressure, pushing down on your skin. If the area being examined is already tender, this could cause you some added discomfort. We apologize for any discomfort however this is a necessary part of the examination.

A Doppler ultrasound study will also be a part of the venous or arterial ultrasound examination. Doppler ultrasound evaluates the speed and direction of blood as it flows through an artery or vein of the arm or leg.

How Should I Prepare?

You should wear a loose fitting two-piece outfit to your ultrasound exam. No other preparation is required.

What to Expect After the Procedure

If your physician requested results immediately following your procedure, you will be asked to wait while the technologist calls your physician with your results and you will be given instructions from your referring physician. If your physician did not request immediate results, your report will be sent to your referring physician within 5 business days, who will share your results with you.