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Vascular Ultrasounds

Vascular Ultrasounds

A Vascular Ultrasound, sometimes called a duplex study, is a non-invasive test used by specialists at Queen’s Heart to examine the circulatory system and identify any possible blockages.

Each of the following types of vascular ultrasound provide our team at Queen’s Heart with a unique view of your individual circulatory issues. Learn more about these tests and pre-test preparations.

An Arterial Duplex Scan, also known as an Arterial Ultrasound, uses sound waves to produce images of the arteries in your arms or legs and measures how much blood is flowing through the blood vessels. The ultrasound images are much like a movie and allow your doctor to see and hear the blood flow, and helps to determine if there are any blockages or narrowings which may reduce blood flow.

What to Expect During the Test

An Arterial Duplex Scan takes approximately one hour and 30 minutes. During the scan you will be laying on a bed.

The sonographer will use specialized gel along the length of the arm or leg they are scanning to help to obtain the ultrasound images.

The test is painless and involves little risk.

After the Test

There are no post-test instructions.

If you experience any problems related to the procedure please call you physician.

Your study will be reviewed by our specialist and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss the test results with you.

Preparing for Your Test

  • Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test.
  • Food and Drink: You may eat before this test, however, avoid eating a large meal as it may make you feel uncomfortable or full during the testing.
  • Medications: Please take your medications as prescribed by your physician.
  • Clothing: Wear a shirt that can be easily removed while you wear your skirt or pants. One-piece clothing and dresses are not recommended. A hospital gown will be provided..
  • Check-in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointment and Pre-Registration Required

Call the Queen’s Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.

A Carotid Duplex Scan, also known as a Carotid Ultrasound, uses sound waves to produce images of the carotid and vertebral arteries and measures how much blood is flowing through these arteries to your brain. The ultrasound images are much like a movie and allow your doctor to see and hear the blood flow, and helps to determine if there are any blockages or narrowings which may reduce blood flow to your head and brain.

What to Expect During the Test

This test takes approximately 45 minutes to one hour. This test is painless and involves little risk.

During the scan you will be laying on a bed. The sonographer will use specialized gel on each side of you neck to help obtain the ultrasound images

After the Test

There are no post-test instructions

If you experience any problems related to the procedure please call you physician.

Your study will be reviewed by our specialist and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss the test results with you.

Preparing for Your Test

  • Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test.
  • Food and Drink: You may eat before this test, however, avoid eating a large meal as it may make you feel uncomfortable or full during the testing.
  • Medications: Please take your medications as prescribed by your physician..
  • Clothing: Wear a shirt that can be easily removed while you wear your skirt or pants. One-piece clothing and dresses are not recommended. A hospital pajama gown may be provided.
  • Check-in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointment and Pre-Registration Required

Call the Queen’s Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.

A Venous Duplex Scan, also known as a Venous Ultrasound, uses sound waves to produce images of the veins in your arms or legs and observes how much blood is flowing through the blood vessels. The ultrasound images are much like a movie and allow your doctor to see and hear the blood flow, and help to determine if there are any blockages or narrowing which may reduce blood flow.

What to Expect During the Test

This test takes approximately 45 minutes to an one hour. You will be laying down on a bed during the scan.

The sonographer will use specialized gel along the length of the arm or leg they are scanning to help to obtain the ultrasound images

The test is painless and involves little risk.

After the Test

There are no post-test instructions.

If you experience any problems related to the procedure please call you physician.

Your study will be reviewed by our specialist and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss the test results with you.

Preparing for Your Test

  • Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test.
  • Food and Drink: You may eat before this test, however, avoid eating a large meal as it may make you feel uncomfortable or full during the testing.
  • Medications: Please your medication as prescribed by your physician
  • Clothing: Wear a shirt that can be easily removed while you wear your skirt or pants. One-piece clothing and dresses are not recommended. A hospital pajama top will be provided.
  • Check-in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointment and Pre-Registration Required

Call the Queen’s Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.

A Renal Duplex Scan, uses sound waves to produce images of the renal (kidney) artery and vein and observes how much blood is flowing through the blood vessels. The ultrasound images are much like a movie and allow your doctor to see and hear the blood flow, and help to determine if there are any blockages or narrowing which may reduce blood flow.

What to Expect During the Test

This test takes approximately an one hour and 15 minutes. You will be laying down on a bed during the scan.

The sonographer will use specialized gel along the area of your abdomen where your kidneys are located to help to obtain the ultrasound images

The test is painless and involves little risk.

After the Test

There are no post-test instructions.

If you experience any problems related to the procedure please call you physician.

Your study will be reviewed by our specialist and the results will be sent to your physician. Your physician will discuss the test results with you.

Preparing for Your Test

  • Transportation: No special preparations are required for this test. You will be able to drive home after this test.
  • Food and Drink: You are not to have any food or drink after midnight prior to your scan. Please do not chew gum or smoke 2 hours before the test..
  • Medications: Please your medication as prescribed by your physician
  • Clothing: Wear a shirt that can be easily removed while you wear your skirt or pants. One-piece clothing and dresses are not recommended. A hospital pajama top will be provided.
  • Check-in Time: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment.

Appointment and Pre-Registration Required

Call the Queen’s Pre-Registration Department at 808-691-4770 three days before your scheduled test to update your registration. Please have your medical insurance cards ready for verification.