Diagnostics

Vascular ultrasound

The London Clinic has a team of very highly experienced Clinical Vascular Scientists who have provided an extensive fully specialised vascular ultrasound service to The London Clinic for over 20 years.

 

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What is it for?

Scan to assess the blood flow in the arteries and veins throughout the body

Treatment overview

A vascular scan is a non-invasive, painless scan using high frequency sound waves to assess the blood flow in the arteries and veins throughout the body.

This is done by placing a probe on the skin with some ultrasound gel and then passing the probe across the skin with light pressure.

You will lie on a bed or stand on a step depending on the test you are having. You may be asked to remain fairly still for the scan. Once the scan is finished you can leave straight away.

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Types of vascular ultrasound scan

Carotid Duplex Scan: It makes use of two types of ultrasound – B Mode and Doppler – to scan neck arteries that feed the brain. It takes up to 30 minutes.

It is performed to check for symptoms including transient ischemic attacks ('mini strokes'), stroke, or screening for very early disease of narrowing or blockage of the vessels.

Lower Limb Arterial Duplex Scan: This is an ultrasound of the leg arteries from your abdomen to your ankle. It takes up to one hour.

This is for intermittent claudication - pain in the legs when walking, acute ischemic disease (sudden blockages of the arteries), and aneurysms (short enlargement of the artery).

Lower Limb Venous Duplex Scan

This is an ultrasound scan of the leg veins and takes up to 45 minutes and is for deep vein thrombosis - acute and chronic, varicose veins.

Aortic Duplex Scan

A scan of the main abdominal arteries. It takes up to 30 minutes. This is for abdominal aortic aneurysms - short enlargement of the main artery in the abdomen and endo-vascular stent follow-ups - graft used to treat the enlargement.

Upper Limb Venous Duplex Scan

An ultrasound scan to check for thrombosis which is an acute blockage of the arm veins or thoracic outlet syndrome (compression of the arm veins by the musculoskeletal system in the neck/shoulder region).

Upper Limb Arterial Duplex

An ultrasound scan of the arteries of the arm. The scan takes up to 45 minutes.The scan is used for detecting symptoms of Ischemia and thoracic outlet syndrome (compression of the arm veins by the musculoskeletal system in the neck/shoulder region).

Fistula assessment (pre and post dialysis)

These are ultrasound scans of the arms to assess the veins for dialysis patients and to monitor any access fistula veins after they have been created for dialysis. The scans take up to 45 minutes.

Why choose The London Clinic

Excellence in one place

We operate as teams of experts with world-class resources dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of medical care. You are surrounded by the latest treatments and advice with everything you need to get back to your best health.

Personal care, every time

Exceptional patient care is a way of life for us. Our nurses, clinicians and support teams are dedicated to the care of a very small number of patients, so have more time for you. They’ll be with you every step of the way, tailoring your care around you and giving the peace-of-mind that comes with knowing you’re in the best hands.

Effortlessly simple

We work together as one to guide you through each step of your experience, with complexities unravelled and answers readily to hand. Your personal treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

What's included in your package?

Choosing The London Clinic means your treatment plan will be laid out for you, with all the details taken care of so you can focus on you.

 

Your treatment package will include:

  • Enhanced pre-admission assessment
  • Your treatment with our complete care team at your fingertips
  • Personalised aftercare and follow-up

We want you to be in control of your health. That’s why we also offer optional services such as comprehensive recovery packages and extra touches for you to choose from during your stay with us.

How to pay

  • You can use private medical insurance (PMI) to access this treatment. We work with all major PMI providers in the UK and many internationally
  • You can pay for yourself (self-pay)
  • If you’re paying for yourself, we have finance options available with Chrysalis
     
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