Non-invasive Vascular Testing
What You Need To Know
Non-invasive peripheral vascular testing allows the physician to make a clinical diagnosis without submitting the patient to costly, uncomfortable, and complicated invasive procedures. Non-invasive vascular studies show the functional aspect of the vessels rather than the structural changes that are indicated by an angiogram.
Beebe Healthcare offers two Vascular Lab locations. Both have been accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. They have state-of-the-art equipment, including color-flow duplex, which is capable of the most sophisticated non-invasive diagnostic procedures available. Tests performed at these labs provide physicians with an in-depth evaluation of the cerebrovascular, peripheral arterial, and venous systems. Testing is done both for outpatients and inpatients. Most procedures require 30 minutes to perform and are painless. Interpretation of test results is provided by Board Certified vascular surgeons.
Patients must be referred to the Beebe Vascular Lab by a doctor. Procedures may be scheduled by calling Outpatient Scheduling Services (302) 645-FAST (3278).
Vascular Testing FAQs
Q: Is it painful?
A: No. The studies are non-invasive, so there is practically no discomfort.
Q: What are the risks?
A: Again, because the studies are non-invasive, the risks are minimal.
Q: How much time is involved?
A: Generally, 30 minutes is sufficient time to complete a study. If multiple studies are requested, however, more time is required.
Q: Is it expensive?
A: Vascular Lab studies are significantly less costly than related invasive procedures.
Q: What preparation is needed?
A: No patient preparation is necessary for most of these tests, which are conducted in a pleasant office atmosphere. Patients who are to have visceral vessel or renal artery scans must not take anything by mouth (not even water) after midnight the night before the test. They may take any regular medication with sips of water.
Q: How do I find out the test results?
A: The results of the test will be sent to your doctor.