McLaren Health Care
Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)

Vascular Ultrasound
and Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)

Vascular ultrasound can be used to evaluate arteries or veins throughout the body, including blood vessels legs, arms, abdomen, and neck. The procedure does not require the use of needles or anesthesia. Unlike other imaging tests, ultrasound does not require radiation or contrast dye.

Our 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. 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

Intravascular Ultrasound (IVUS)

An intravascular ultrasound uses ultrasound technology to look inside the arteries and determine the blood flow within the vessel. It is a noninvasive ultrasound method (also called a duplex study) used to examine the circulation in the blood vessels of the body.