Arterial Duplex Ultrasound for Upper and Lower Extremities

The Vascular Center at Mercy

The Vascular Center at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland, offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of circulatory system conditions. The Center’s nationally accredited Vascular Laboratory allows our vascular specialists to provide a variety of tests and procedures including arterial duplex ultrasound.

What is an Arterial Duplex Ultrasound?

A duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging test that vascular physicians prescribe to see how blood is moving through arteries and veins. It combines the imaging capability of ultrasound with the recording capability of a Doppler ultrasound. 

A duplex ultrasound also can identify the width of a blood vessel and reveal arterial blockages in many areas of the body including the lower extremity areas of the legs and feet. Extremities may be the site of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) which affects millions of Americans.  PAD is a serious vascular condition that can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. 

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How is an Arterial Duplex Ultrasound performed?

An arterial duplex ultrasound is performed by a technologist who has been specially trained. A gel substance is placed on the skin of the area being evaluated and a small probe is rubbed over the area to obtain the images. Different angles of the area may be examined, so patients may have to lie in different positions to get an image. The images are always reviewed by a vascular surgeon. No preparation is required for this test. 

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Who should receive an Arterial Duplex Ultrasound?

Patients are required to obtain a physician prescription for the test. It is the first step in diagnosing the potential of vascular conditions such as blood clots, aneurysms, or narrowing of arteries.

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The Vascular Center at Mercy - Baltimore, MD
Alain Tanbe, M.D.

Dr. Alain Tanbe is a fellowship-trained vascular surgeon who treats disorders of the arteries and veins and offers comprehensive care for a broad range of vascular diseases.

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Cheryl - Mercy Patient

Cheryl wears compression socks while working to help with venous insufficiency, a buildup of pressure in her legs.

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