VASCULAR STUDIES
All studies performed by SSSA Imaging Center are 100% non-invasive and utilize ultrasound technology. The following studies are available for our patients.

Carotid artery ultrasound
The carotid arteries are located on either side of the neck and supply the brain with oxygenated blood. Plaque buildup in these arteries can increase the risk of stroke. Ultrasound is used to visualize the vessels and detect any areas that have become narrowed by atherosclerotic plaque accumulation. This study may be ordered as a preventative screening, or due to the presence of symptoms. Some of these symptoms include difficulty speaking, visual changes, numbness or weakness on one side of the body.

Aortoiliac ultrasound:
The aorta is the largest conduit of oxygenated blood flow in the body. It originates from the heart and travels through the chest cavity and abdominal cavity to the level of the belly button where it divides into the iliac arteries to supply the legs with blood. There are several branches off of the abdominal aorta that supply the stomach, liver, spleen, kidneys as well as the intestines. These vessels are visualized with ultrasound to detect the presence of an aneurysm, dissection, or narrowing of these arteries. It is important to show up for your aortoiliac ultrasound with an empty stomach so that the best possible images can be obtained. This study may be ordered as a preventative screening method for aortic aneurysm, a positive family history of aortic aneurysm, or due to the presence of peripheral arterial disease symptoms such as pain in the legs with exercise. It is important to note that an aortic aneurysm is not usually associated with any symptoms, but can be deadly if not found and repaired before the aneurysm ruptures.

Peripheral Arterial Evaluation:
The arteries in the lower extremities are responsible for supplying the muscles and other soft tissue of the legs with oxygen. Doppler ultrasound technology is used to determine the status of these arteries. This is done by combining Doppler (non-invasive ultrasound method used to listen to the arteries) with the use of blood pressure cuffs at various levels of the legs. This test may be ordered as a preventative screening for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) due to the high correlation between PAD and coronary artery disease. This test may also be ordered due to the presence of symptoms such as pain in the legs or buttocks with exercise. The Doppler study is sometimes supplemented with direct ultrasound imaging of the arteries.

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