With state-of-the-art diagnosis and comprehensive treatment of blood vessel, artery, and vein disorders including blockages, closures, and clots, patients have access to innovative vascular surgery procedures that produce the best outcomes in the nation.
McLaren Northern Michigan Heart & Vascular Specialists provide non-invasive vascular studies such as ultrasounds, segmental pressures, and pulse volume recordings to detect vascular disease. Ultrasound is the most important tool in the vascular laboratory. Large ultrasound machines are used to take pictures of blood vessels and blood flow in these vessels with color Doppler and pulsed Doppler. Segmental pressures and pulse volume recordings are other important tools used in a vascular laboratory. These tests are performed to locate the area of blockage in the arms and legs.
When is a vascular ultrasound indicated?
- To rule out aneurysm (an enlarged artery)
- To detect blood clots
- Identify and locate blockages
- Monitor blood flow to organs and tissues in the body
After a physician’s physical examination, testing in a vascular laboratory is often the first step in diagnosing vascular disease. Specific tests that will be done will depend on the patient’s symptoms and the suspected vascular problems.
- Endovascular revascularization
- Renal / mesenteric stenting
- Carotid stenting
- Limb salvage revascularization
- Abdominal and thoracic aneurysm stent grafts
- Management of venous disorders
- IVC filter placement