Fast, Accurate Non-invasive Vascular Testing & Screening for Arteries & Veins
Mercy Vascular Diagnostics Laboratory — with its state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and expert technical and medical staff — offers fast, accurate and reliable
vascular testing from 8 am to 8 pm, seven days per week.
All our vascular lab tests and 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 laboratory’s expert physician staff and are sent to the referring physician in two to three days.
Trust Our Accredited Vascular Lab & Experienced Staff
The laboratory’s commitment to quality is demonstrated by the achievement and maintenance of accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The Vascular Laboratory adheres to the high quality and monitoring standards which are established by the IAC.
The technical staff of the vascular laboratory are specially trained and credentialed in performing the procedures performed in the department. 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 Tests and Procedures Offered at Mercy
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 a stroke.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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) or Registered Vascular Sonographer (RVS).
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How to Schedule Vascular Testing
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 Mercy Vascular Diagnostics Lab, please contact the department at 330-489-1197. To schedule procedures or a screening exam, please call the scheduling office at 330-489-1300.