DeKalb Medical offers state-of-the-art technology to perform vascular ultrasound which creates images of the body's veins and arteries using high-frequency sound waves. Vascular ultrasound combines traditional ultrasound with Doppler ultrasonography. Regular ultrasound uses sound waves that bounce off blood vessels to create pictures. Doppler ultrasound records sound waves reflecting off moving objects, such as blood, to measure their speed and other aspects of how they flow.
Also called vascular ultrasound scanning, vascular sonogram or duplex ultrasound, vascular ultrasound involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of organs and systems inside of the body. Unlike a traditional X-ray or CT scan, vascular ultrasound in Atlanta at DeKalb Medical does not use ionizing radiation X-ray.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to supervise and interpret radiology examinations such as ultrasound or sonogram, will analyze the images from your ultrasound. He or she will send a signed report to your primary care or referring physician, who will share the results of your vascular ultrasound or sonogram with you.
Usually there is no special preparation when you have a vascular ultrasound at DeKalb Medical.
Your physician will contact DeKalb Medical to schedule your vascular access procedure for you.
If your vascular access procedure will be performed at DeKalb Medical at North Decatur, you will go to the hospital’s central registration area.
If your vascular access procedure is being performed at DeKalb Medical at Hillandale, go to the hospital’s registration area.