Non-invasive vascular medicine
At King’s our Cardiology department uses several non-invasive tests and techniques to diagnose and treat vascular diseases. These include:
- Carotid Duplex
- Ultrasound of upper and lower extremities
- Abdominal aorta ultrasound
- Renal artery ultrasound
- Lower extremity venous evaluation 2D Echocardiogram
More information on these tests is displayed below:
You’re carotid arteries located in the neck supply blood directly to the brain. A Carotid Duplex is a painless ultrasound scan that uses sound waves to create images of the inside of the blood vessels that indicate how well blood is flowing through the carotid arteries.
Ultrasound of upper and lower extremities
An upper and lower extremity ultrasound is conducted to find out if a patient has a blood clot in their arms or legs.
Abdominal aorta ultrasound
An abdominal ultrasound is done to screen for an abdominal aortic aneurysm, which is a weakened bulging spot in the abdominal aorta. The abdominal aorta is the major blood vessel that supplies blood to the body.
Renal artery ultrasound
This type of ultrasound looks at the size and shape of the kidneys and the blood vessels. An abnormality in the kidney blood supply, such as a narrowing of the renal arteries can be a potential cause of high blood pressure (hypertension) in patients.
Lower extremity venous evaluation 2D Echocardiogram
Lower extremity venous ultrasounds produce images of veins in the legs to search for blood clots, a condition known as deep vein thrombosis.