DID YOU KNOW?
Our Vascular Labs are ICAVL accredited and all of our technicians are ARDMS registered.
We perform over 10,000 procedures a year.
Beth Israel's four state-of-the-art Vascular Labs offer screening for the full range of vascular diseases using today's most advanced diagnostic techniques. All tests are non-invasive, do not involve needles or injections, cause no pain, and have no side effects.
Tests are only as good as the doctors reviewing them. At our labs, experts in vascular health "read" the test results. What's more, there is no delay between taking the test and getting results. That's because our doctors work with the technicians administering the test.
Our labs are open long hours, and we always make room. Patients who need an important exam are never told, "Our first opening is in two weeks." We recognize this can worsen a medical problem, as well as cause mental anxiety. No matter what, we get patients in.
Here are some of the tests performed at the Vascular Labs:
This ultrasound test picks up obstructions to normal blood flow in the two carotid arteries in the neck, which bring blood to the brain. The test detects blood clots, build-up of plaque and other blood flow problems early, before they cause symptoms. When carotid artery disease is caught early, doctors can take measures to prevent a stroke.
Aorta Ultrasound Scan
This ultrasound exam can diagnose aneurysms that develop in the abdominal aorta. It is used to diagnose and monitor patients who have had procedures for aneurysm, including aortic endograft and previous aortic aneurysm open repair.
Visceral Duplex Scan
This ultrasound test identifies disease in the arteries of the abdomen, which carry blood to the liver, spleen, intestines, stomach, kidneys and legs. Within these vessels, the test identifies arteriosclerosis (plaque build-up, causing narrowing of the vessels), occlusion of the arteries (blockage or closing), dissection (blood accumulation in the walls of blood vessels) or aneurysms (a bulging weakened section that is prone to burst).
Arterial Duplex Imaging
This high-frequency ultrasound tests lets doctors visualize the arteries in the legs and the speed and direction of blood flow in those arteries. It reveals whether there is plaque build-up (mostly cholesterol) in artery walls, narrowed arteries or blockages in blood vessels, as these are symptoms of peripheral artery disease (PVD). Doctors can also see whether blood is moving in the proper direction—toward or away from the heart.
Digital Photoplethysmography (PPG) with Thermal Measurement
This imaging test detects changes in blood flow at the microvascular level in the fingers and toes of people with Raynaud's disease. Microvascular vessels are the very small branches of the arteries, called capillaries.
Ankle Brachial Index with Pulse Volume Recordings
Together, these tests measure blood flow with multiple blood pressure cuffs on the legs, and detect blockages in the arteries of the arms and legs. They help evaluate the presence, severity and location of peripheral arterial occlusive disease, which is when inadequate blood flow causes pain.
Renal Artery Duplex Scanning
This imaging test evaluates the speed and pattern of blood flow in the aorta (the body's largest artery, which carries blood from the heart to the rest of the body) and the renal arteries (those bringing blood to the kidneys). It helps diagnose and locate blockages in these vessels, as well as damage to the kidneys from poor blood flow stemming from kidney or intestinal artery disease.
Dialysis Access and Evaluation
This ultrasound examination helps doctors see veins in the arms in order to find which veins can be used for successful dialysis access. The ultrasound is also used for examining existing access such as grafts or fistulas for narrowing or other problems.
Thoracic Outlet Obstruction Evaluation
When doctors suspect thoracic outlet syndrome, involving reduced blood flow due to compression (squeezing) of the blood vessels and nerves passing from the base of the neck into the armpit, they use a combination of imaging techniques to diagnose the condition and decide on the best treatment. The first procedure is an ultrasound; other tests can include chest X-rays, CT scans (in some cases, with three-dimensional reconstruction to show compression), angiography and venography, MRI, ultrasonography, electromyography, and nerve conduction studies.
Vein Mapping for Arterial Bypass
Before performing a surgical bypass, surgeons use ultrasound imaging to determine which veins can be used to create bypass grafts.
Venous Ultrasound Scan of the Upper and Lower Extremities
This ultrasound test shows blood flowing through the blood vessels, and can be used to detect Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and Superficial Thrombophlebitis of the arms and legs. Both diseases involve a blood clot preventing proper blood flow in a vein, whether a deep vein or one close to the surface.
Venous Insufficiency Evaluation
This ultrasound test lets doctors see the speed and direction of blood flow in the veins. It is used to diagnose and locate blood clots in the deep and surface veins, as well as diagnose venous insufficiency a chronic disease in which blood backs up in the veins of the lower legs, causing chronic inflammation in the veins.