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The Importance of Carotid Artery Screening 

What are the Carotid Arteries?  The carotid arteries are large arteries located on either side of the neck. These arteries are responsible for delivering oxygenated blood to the brain. The right common carotid arteries are derived from the brachiocephalic artery, which then gives rise to the left and right carotid arteries. The left carotid arteries […]

Common Uses of Venous Ultrasound Imaging 

What is Venous Ultrasound?  Venous ultrasound, also known as a Doppler vascular ultrasound, is an ultrasound exam that looks at the vascular system. The vascular or circulatory system consists of the veins and arteries that carry blood throughout the body. This type of ultrasound uses Doppler technology to create color images and videos of what […]

The Role of Doppler Ultrasound Diagnostic Imaging for DVT in Trauma Situations

What is Doppler Ultrasound? Vascular ultrasound examinations can be a critical diagnostic tool. Although they are more commonly used in non-emergency outpatient settings, they can also be used in urgent care or the emergency room for trauma. A vascular Doppler ultrasound exam is a type of ultrasound that uses Doppler technology to create color images […]

The Importance of Screening and Diagnosis for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm? An abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA, is characterized by the enlargement of the lower aorta. The aorta is the largest blood vessel within the body and runs from the heart through to the abdomen. It is responsible for delivering oxygenated blood throughout the body. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is […]

Carotid Artery Screening: Purpose, Preparation, and Procedure

Intravascular ultrasound, more commonly known as duplex scanning, uses sound waves to produce an image of the carotid arteries. This can provide important information about the health of your carotid arteries and indicate if you might be at risk for stroke or heart attack. It also helps your physician determine if you’re a candidate for […]

The role of a Registered Vascular Technologist in Ultrasound

A Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) is a professional who specializes in the use of ultrasound to diagnose and treat vascular conditions. They perform non-invasive tests, called vascular ultrasound, to look at the blood vessels to evaluate and diagnose disorders such as peripheral arterial disease, carotid artery disease, cerebral vascular disease, and peripheral venous disease. Most […]

The Importance of Training and Education for Registered Vascular Technologists

Expertise in vascular technology, or vascular sonography, can be developed by first getting licensed as a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) and then receiving continuing education credits to stay abreast of new developments in the field. This article will discuss what it takes to become an RVT and how ongoing educational requirements help these professionals stay […]

How to Become a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT)

Cardiovascular technology is a branch of medicine focused on the heart and vascular system: nurse practitioners, cardiologists, and physicians specializing in cardiovascular health work closely with vascular technologists. Suppose you’re looking to become a vascular technologist (RVT). In that case, you’ll need to complete the proper training and be prepared to earn your certification from […]

Symptoms of a Blockage in the Carotid Artery

What Are Carotid Arteries and Arterial Blockages? All arteries and veins are crucial to a healthy, fully functioning body and brain. Some of the largest arteries in the body are the carotid ones found in the neck. The left carotid artery branches off the aorta, the body’s largest artery overall. The right carotid artery branches […]

Vascular Ultrasound 101: What it is and What it Can Detect

You may have had a vascular ultrasound if you’ve ever wondered why your foot or ankle swells up and bruises easily or have pain in your leg below the knee that doesn’t seem to go away with rest or ice. Vascular ultrasounds are one of the most common scans by radiologists across the country. They […]

Your veins: what a vascular ultrasound can tell you

A vascular ultrasound scan, more commonly known as a VUS, uses high-frequency sound waves to create a detailed image of the blood vessels in your body. A VUS can help determine your risk of developing varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. If you’re already suffering from these conditions, it can provide valuable information regarding […]