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Carotid Duplex is a painless, noninvasive test is used to see and measure the rate at which blood flows through your carotid arteries and look for possible blockages. No radiation, dye or needles are used. The Carotid Duplex test may be performed in a vascular laboratory, a doctor’s office or a radiology department.
When is Testing Recommended?
You may be given a carotid duplex test to determine whether plaque has accumulated in your arteries as this can cause carotid artery disease (hardening of the arteries).
An angiogram is an X-ray procedure that can be both diagnostic and therapeutic. Furthermore it is considered to be the gold standard for evaluating blockages in the arterial system. An angiogram detects blockages using X-rays taken during the injection of a contrast agent (iodine dye). In addition, this procedure provides information that helps your vascular surgeon determine your best treatment options.
About The Procedure
Angiograms are typically performed while you are sedated. The procedure may last 15 to 20 minutes or up to several hours, depending on how difficult the test is and how much treatment is given.
Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive evaluation of blood flow through your arteries and veins. This test provides information to help your vascular surgeon make a sound diagnosis and outline a treatment plan. Accuracy is critical, so ultrasound testing should ALWAYS be performed by a credentialed sonographer in an accredited vascular laboratory.
Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI Test
Ankle-Brachial Index is a non-invasive test that uses inflatable cuffs to gauge circulation (blood flow) and measure blood pressure in the arteries at various locations on the thigh, calf, foot and toes. In addition, test is done in an outpatient clinic or vascular laboratory. As a result, there will be minimal and brief discomfort, similar to what you feel while having a routine blood pressure test with an inflatable arm cuff.
“I had an excellent experience with Dr. Milner and his staff. They were careful with everything before starting my procedure and were very efficient. I’ve already recommended him to a family member.”