The right diagnostic tools in the right hands can ensure early detection of vascular disease now, and help prevent serious complications later. For most patients, vascular imaging is a vital first step in assessing vascular health. Our surgeons use state-of-the-art, non-invasive vascular imaging to diagnose conditions and plan surgical procedures. With Locations in our office, at the Medical Center of Aurora, and in your community, our experts use the latest tools and techniques to gain insight into the specific needs of each patient.
There are a variety of medical examinations to accurately diagnose patients' vascular conditions. These examinations include:
This non-invasive exam uses high-frequency sound waves to create images, visualizing blood vessels and detecting the rate of blood flow through blood vessels. Ultrasound imaging can be used to detect blood clots and narrowed blood vessels throughout the body. It can also be used to evaluate varicose veins and determine candidates for endovenous (vein) ablation. All imaging is done by registered vascular technologists (RVTs), who are highly skilled and certified in vascular ultrasound. The results are reviewed by our vascular surgeons, whom hold RPVI certification (Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation). This is the gold standard in vascular ultrasound interpretation, recognizing their expertise in making consistent and reliable diagnoses. Examples of studies performed are:
Abdominal aortic artery scan
A test using ultrasound technology to measure the size of the abdominal aorta
A test that measures the ratio between the pressure in your arms and the pressure in your legs, which indicates how well blood flows to the legs
Carotid artery scan
A vascular imaging test using ultrasound technology to measure the amount of dangerous plaque that may be built up in the carotid arteries and the speed of the blood flow in these arteries
Computed tomography angiography (CTA)
CTA is a non-invasive exam that uses computed tomography (CT) technology to look at the blood vessels throughout your body. It is used to evaluate abnormal narrowing or enlargement of blood vessels in the chest, abdomen, pelvis and extremities. For example, a CTA may be used to obtain images of your aorta and may aid in the diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) or aortic dissection. Our CTA techniques minimize radiation exposure while providing high-quality diagnostic images.
Magnetic resonance imaging/angiography (MRI/A)
Magnetic resonance imaging is a non-invasive technique that uses magnetic resonance (MR) technology--not ionizing radiation--to look at blood flow through the blood vessels. MR techniques can also be used to identify flow and areas of stress in blood vessels that can lead to problems in the future. Dr Jazaeri has received awards in his pioneering work in the field of 4-Dimentional MRI and looking at flow and stress in blood vessels.