Types of Vascular Tests

If you are researching about vascular diseases, chances are that you are interested in the different tests associated with them.

These are the most common test:


I already made a post about what is an Angiogram. In summary, it can serve well as a diagnostic procedure and as a therapeutic procedure.

By making use of X-Rays it helps your surgeon to decide the best treatment options.

Sedation is usually necessary so be sure to let know your surgeon about your allergies and if you have history with anesthesia.

Ankle-Brachial Index or ABI Test:

Also known as Segmental Pressure Test, Toe Pressure Test, Toe-Brachial Index (TBI)

But, besides the names, what you need to know is that this is a non-invasive test that make use of inflatable cuffs to gauge circulation and to check how is the blood pressure in arteries located in different parts of the body.

This test rarely present complications. The presence of side effects are very rare.

To give as much as information as possible to the technician is strongly advice.

Ask your surgeon about what is the proper clothing you need to bring for more comfort.

Carotid Duplex:

This test focused on the carotid arteries to spot possible blood blockages.

This is a painless and non-invasive procedure that can be performed in any well equipped facility.

Risks in this test are very low.

In 2-3 days the report with the results are ready to be delivered.

Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA) and Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) Tests:

These tests make use of advance technology by making use of images to provide visual information about the current state of the blood vessels and to spot potential issues.

As a result the vascular surgeon has more information about the disease and how to proceed.

Duplex Ultrasound:

Ultrasounds help the vascular surgeon to make an evaluation of the actual state of the blood flow both in arteries and veins.

Unlike other tests, since precision is mandatory, this must be carry on a well-equipped vascular laboratory and a well prepared professional in the field.

In all these tests, ask your vascular surgeon for guidance and advice on how to prepare yourself before the procedure is performed.

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