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The Top 5 Qualities of an Excellent Vascular Lab

We all want to enjoy coming to work every day. When you enjoy your job, you’re more productive; you’re happier overall. Here are five qualities that make an excellent environment for vascular lab technicians (vascular techs) to work in daily.  1) A positive work environment  A positive work environment is essential for any profession. Many […]

What is an Upper Extremity Venous Ultrasound? 

Introduction to Vascular Ultrasound An upper extremity ultrasound is a type of vascular ultrasound exam. Vascular ultrasound is an imaging technique designed to examine the cardiovascular, or circulatory system, which comprises the veins and arteries. These ultrasound exams use Doppler technology, which uses harmless, high-frequency soundwaves to create images and videos of what is happening […]

Northwest Vascular Technologists Meet in October 2022

The Northwest Vascular Technologists Association held its annual conference in beautiful Bend, Oregon, at The Riverhouse on the Deschutes. The event is geared towards vascular technologists and other medical professionals and features keynote speakers, workshops, networking opportunities, and more. It is an opportunity for vascular technologists and other medical professionals to come together for two […]

Everything You Need to Know about Peripheral Vascular Disease 

What is Peripheral Vascular Disease? Peripheral vascular disease, or PVD, is characterized by the narrowing of the peripheral blood vessels. Peripheral vessels are located away from the heart and brain. Any narrowing of the vessels restricts blood flow and can lead to blockages. Peripheral vascular disease is usually caused by atherosclerosis or a buildup of […]

Getting to know Marilee Pickles, Registered Vascular Technologist

How long have you worked at Mint Medical? Since June 2011 What has your career journey been like? I worked in Colorado and Washington as a Vascular Tech before moving to California. What’s your day like? Vascular studies; venous reflux, segmental pressures, lower and upper arterial duplex, vein mapping, AV fistula, graft and stent surveillance, […]

Vascular Ultrasound for Dialysis Patients

What is Dialysis? Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure. When the kidneys work correctly, they filter toxins and waste from the blood. Dialysis is a process in which blood is removed from the body and filtered using a machine before being delivered back into the body. Kidney failure occurs most often due to chronic […]

Three Signs You May Need a Carotid Ultrasound Exam 

What are the Carotid Arteries? The carotid arteries are the larger arteries located on either side of the neck. These arteries are responsible for delivering oxygenated blood and essential nutrients to the brain. The carotid arteries are part of the vascular or circulatory system, which is made up of the veins and arteries of the […]

What a Leg Ultrasound can Reveal about Varicose Veins 

What are Varicose Veins? Varicose veins are veins that have become swollen or enlarged and are most often found in the legs. Varicose veins may occur close to the skin’s surface, appear as blue or dark purple lines, and sometimes have a twisted or bulging appearance. This condition is caused by the weakening of the […]

The Importance of Correlative Study Data in Vascular Ultrasound Accuracy

At Mint Medical, we ensure that our partners have accurate and confirmed ultrasound results to guide their treatment and surgical decisions. We achieve this through IAC accreditation. Accreditation by IAC is considered the “gold standard” in vascular testing. Every aspect of daily operations and its impact on the quality of patient care is evaluated during […]

The Importance of IAC accreditation for Vascular Testing

IAC accreditation is essential to ensure the best possible quality of service. If a company doesn’t have IAC accreditation, it can harm your reputation, making it difficult to attract clients and successfully run your business in the future. But suppose you partner with an IAC-accredited laboratory. In that case, you’re partnering with high-quality professionals who […]