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Vascular Diagnostic Testing

About Vascular Diagnostic Testing & Procedures

FMH%20Vein%20Abl.-005.jpgAn accurate diagnosis is the first step to creating a personalized treatment plan. We offer the following diagnostics:

  • Vascular Catherterization: Happens in the Cathertization Laboratory. Vascular access procedure is needed to inserts a flexible, sterile plastic tube called a catheter into a blood vessel to allow blood to be drawn from or medication to be delivered to a patient's bloodstream over an extended period.
  • Ankle-Brachial Index Test: (ABI) test is a simple way for your doctor to check how well your blood is flowing. Your doctor would use this test to check for peripheral artery disease.
  • Carotid Duplex Scan: Is a test that combines two types of ultrasound to look for blockages in your carotid arteries. An ultrasound is a type of scan that uses sound waves to produce a picture of the inside of your body. Your carotid arteries are located along both sides of your neck.
  • Vein Mapping: Is an ultrasound procedure that uses sound waves to "see" inside your body. This procedure is performed to create a "map" of your leg veins for the surgeon in preparation for various procedures such as but not limited to bypass graft surgery which is replacing diseased vessels in your body with the healthy veins from your leg.
  • Venous Insufficiency Studies: Are duplex ultrasonography (DUS) have evolved to become the primary diagnostic tool used to evaluate patients with superficial venous insufficiency (SVI). ... DUS is also an integral component of image-guided endovenous methods used to ablate incompetent truncal veins. This is most commonly caused by blood clots (deep vein thrombosis) and varicose veins.
  • Endo-Venous Laser Treatment: (EVLT) procedure is a minimally invasive, clinically proven alternative to surgical vein stripping that effectively and safely treats varicose veins using a diode laser fiber to occlude the vein.

Conveniently located in the hospital, cardiovascular diagnostic procedures are conducted on an outpatient basis. Results are then interpreted and sent to your physician who will discuss the findings with you. Fairbanks Memorial Hospital staff will provide specific instruction at the time of scheduling and will provide direction and assistance during the tests.

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