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Vascular Lab

What is the vascular lab?
What happens during the exams?
How should I prepare for the procedure?
What should I wear?
What happens after the test?
What are the risks?
When are vascular exams given?


What is the vascular lab?
Mercy Regional Health Center's accredited vascular lab performs a variety of tests that help detect and localize obstructed arteries or veins and give the physician valuable information to aid in planning early treatment. All of the services performed at the lab are non-invasive and virtually painless.
 
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What happens during the exams?
Ultrasound can be used to take images of many different parts of your body. The probe will be placed on the skin near the area being imaged. When the probe is used outside the body, you will have a gel put on the area to help sound waves pass into your body.
 
Regardless of where you are going to be scanned, medical staff will be with you during the entire scan. When the area being examined is seen in the monitor, still pictures of each key image will be captured for the record. You may see images of your organs on the monitor. The sonographer can answer questions about the test process. The radiologist will provide a written report of your exam to your doctor.

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How should I prepare for the procedure?
There are no special preparations needed for vascular services.

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What should I wear?
Most patients are asked to wear a hospital gown for the exam. You will also need to remove all jewelry.

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What happens after the test?
If results are normal, there are no restrictions and you can immediately return to your normal activities.
 
If results are abnormal, you will receive specific instructions from your physician. 
 
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What are the risks?
There are no documented risks of the use of vascular exams.

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When are vascular exams given?
Ultrasound images give audio and visual feedback to the doctor. This signal can help diagnose the health of the blood flow in the body and can detect potentially life-threatening conditions.

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