Vascular Lab

Offering Fast, Accurate and Reliable Diagnostics

The Vascular Laboratory at Mercy Medical Center...

...with its state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and expert technical and medical staff offers fast, accurate, and reliable diagnostic services 7 days per week, from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm daily.

All procedures are non-invasive. 

There are no needles, dyes, medications, or x-rays used; and the procedures are typically painless.  The sophisticated tests are able to accurately document the presence, location and severity of arterial and venous disease.

Positive preliminary reports are communicated to the referring physician immediately either by telephone or fax.  Final reports are interpreted by the laboratories expert physician staff and are sent to the referring physician in one or two days.

The laboratories commitment to quality is demonstrated by the achievement and maintenance of accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL) since 1993. The Vascular Laboratory adheres to the high quality and monitoring standards which are established by the ICAVL.

The technical staff of the Vascular Laboratory are specially trained and credentialed in performing the procedures performed in the department.  The staff consists of five full time and four part time technologist who have special training and credentialing in the performance of these exams.

Vascular StaffThe technical staff of the Vascular Laboratory are specially trained and credentialed in performing the procedures performed in the department.  The staff consists of five full time and four part time technologist who have special training and credentialing in the performance of these exams.
The instruments used in the department are the finest and newest instruments available which are designed specifically for the purpose of vascular diagnostics.  These instruments, in the hands of our specially trained and experienced staff members, provide accurate information to the physicians who interpret the studies. 

Vascular Staff

All procedures performed in the Vascular Laboratory must be ordered by a physician with the exception of screening exams which are performed on a self referral basis.  If you have questions about obtaining testing in the Vascular Laboratory at Mercy Medical Center, please contact the department at 330-489-1234.  To schedule procedures please call the Scheduling Office at 330-489-1300.

Procedures offered by the Vascular Laboratory include:

Carotid Duplex: 

A quick and easy ultrasound and Doppler exam of the arteries that supply blood flow to the brain.  The purpose of this procedure is to evaluate for possible narrowing of these vessels.  A reduction or interruption in blood flow to the brain may result in stroke.

Venous Duplex:  

An ultrasound and Doppler evaluation of the veins of the legs or arms to evaluate for possible blood clot formation in the limbs.  Blood clot, which may occur in the arms or legs, has the potential to move and result in a serious medical condition which may affect a person’s wellbeing.  This procedure may also be performed to evaluate for possible abnormalities of flow in the veins.

Arterial Doppler: 

This procedure includes using blood pressure cuffs and ultrasound probe to assess for blood flow problems to the arms or legs.  Arterial blood flow problems to the arms or legs, is commonly referred to as peripheral vascular disease (PVD), or peripheral arterial disease (PAD).

Arterial Duplex: 

This is an ultrasound procedure.  Ultrasound and Doppler are used to evaluate the arteries of the legs or arms to check for possible disease in the arteries that may reduce blood flow to the arms or legs.

Renal Artery Duplex: 

Ultrasound and Doppler is used to image and measure blood flow through the arteries that supply blood flow to the kidneys (Renal Artery).  Renal artery narrowing is a leading cause of hypertension, and reduced kidney function.  The renal artery duplex study is quick and non-invasive.  Patients getting this study done need to fast from eating or drinking after midnight on the night before the procedure.  This test is typically scheduled in the morning.

Vein Mapping: 

Ultrasound and Doppler are used to evaluate the veins of the arms or legs for use as arterial bypass graft  or for planned kidney dialysis shunt.

Vascular Screening Exams: 

A new service which is available in the Vascular Laboratory is the Vascular Screening Exam.  Patients concerned about having arterial disease or abdominal aortic aneurysm can refer themselves for a self paid screening exam.  This exam is inexpensive, fast and accurate.  The tests are interpreted by a physician and are sent directly to the patient.  The patient is encouraged to take the results to their primary care physician to discuss. 

Screening exams of this type are offered by several area agencies.  The advantage that a patient has by getting these exams performed at Mercy Medical Center’s Vascular Laboratory is that the exams are performed by staff that have special credentialing and training.  All staff who perform these procedures are Registered Vascular Technologists (RVT).

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