Early detection and prevention of vascular disease save lives and enhances the quality of life.  RHSHC offers three vascular screening tests that are a noninvasive way to detect stroke, aortic aneurysm, and peripheral vascular disease.

What Screenings are Offered?

Carotid Artery

The carotid doppler screening uses high-frequency sound waves to detect plaque build-up in the main arteries that feed the brain.  This test can detect blockage that could lead to stroke.

Abdominal Aorta

The aorta screening uses high-frequency sound waves to measure the size of the aorta and checks for bulging of the main artery that runs from the heart through the trunk of the body.  Artery walls can weaken, and therefore, become enlarged within the abdomen called an aneurysm.  Aneurysms are likely to rupture when they reach a certain size causing blood loss, shock, and death.

Peripheral Arteries (ABI)

The peripheral arterial screening involves taking blood pressure in your arms and at your ankles.  The ratio of these measurements indicates how well blood flow gets to your legs.  This test can detect peripheral vascular disease or the hardening of the arteries in your legs.  PVD often causes pain in the legs, especially when walking.

What Do I Need to Do Prior to the Exam?

No preparation is required.  Eating light the day of the screening would be helpful.

Order from your provider IS NOT needed to have this testing done.

How Long Does the Screening Take?

All three tests will take about 30 minutes.  You will need to register at outpatient registration or the clinic.  A technologist will walk you to the Radiology Department and into the ultrasound room.  You may be asked to remove your shoes and socks and lie down on the table.  The process is painless.  A warm lotion is applied to your neck and abdomen, and the technologist takes images and measurements using high-frequency ultrasound.  Blood pressure cuffs are placed around your upper arms and ankles.  Blood pressures are taken to gather the information needed.

What is the Cost?

All three screening tests are $90.  Individual screening tests are $35 each.  You will pay at the registration desk as you register.

How Will You Get the Results?

The technologist will be able to tell you if your results are within normal limits.  An appointment is needed with your doctor if any of the findings of your exams are abnormal.

To make an appointment, or for any questions regarding vascular screenings, call the Radiology Department at 563-547-6374.