The ultrasound examination of arteries is a reliable, non-invasive and painless method that enables the detection of arterial vascular disease at an early stage and without typical problems in the lower extremities, as well as in advanced stages of arterial vascular disease. It enables the estimate of the level of disturbed blood flow, the localisation of the vascular disorder and the assessment of its significance. It is extremely beneficial in planning surgical and intravascular interventions. It is also used to monitor the effectiveness of treatment.
Preparation for examination
No preparations are required for the examination.
The ultrasound scan of arteries of the lower extremities is carried out on a patient in a lying position. It begins by the scan of the groin arteries and continues by scanning the thigh artery at the inner side of the thigh and by examining the shin at the inner and outer sides. It ends when the patient is turned on the hip so that the artery in the popliteal fossa can be examined, too.
The duration of the examination is 30 minutes.