Vascular Laboratory

Allegiance Vascular Laboratory provides testing to identify vascular system problems. Performed by certified technologists using ultrasound equipment, these tests are noninvasive, meaning they do not enter the body or puncture the skin. The lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL).

Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound is an important tool in the diagnosis and detection of blood vessel problems. Ultrasound tests do not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia, and are usually not painful. They are most commonly performed on blood vessels in the neck, arms and legs to determine if a patient has:

  • Blood clots
  • Arterial aneurysms
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Abdominal artery blockages
  • Peripheral vascular disease in the arms or legs
  • Venous reflux disease

Common symptoms that may lead to a vascular test include:

  • Painful legs
  • Swelling in the arms or legs
  • Painful varicose veins
  • Non-healing wounds on the arms and legs
  • Coldness, paleness or numbness in the feet
  • Numbness or weakness on one side of the body
  • Sudden change in speech or vision
  • Leg pain and/or cramping when walking

Screenings

Allegiance Health performs painless, non-invasive screenings that can save lives by identifying blocked blood vessels and aneurysms. There is also a screening for venous insufficiency, the underlying cause of varicose veins. Screenings are important, because people with vascular disease often have no symptoms or warning signs. If you are over 50 and have one of the risk factors detailed below, please call (888) 335-7241 or schedule a screening online.

Vascular health risk factors include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Tobacco use (current or past)
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Family history of aneurysm or arterial disease

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