Diagnostic Ultrasound, Vascular Ultrasound, and NCV (nerve-conduction velocity) Testing can be essential tools to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of injury and disease for the Podiatric physician. Whether your practice is basic podiatric medicine, surgically oriented, or sports medicine, your patients can benefit significantly from these diagnostic modalities.
As many patients have Diffuse Vascular Disease and/or Peripheral Artery Disease, an evaluation of the vascular system is always something to consider. Subsequently, a complete examination of the foot should often include a comprehensive assessment of blood flow to the lower extremities. Our proven approach begins with an Arterial Doppler exam followed by a qualitative examination called the Pulse Volume Recorder (PVR) which includes measurements that assess blood flow at various levels of the limb. Finally, we perform an ABI (ankle-brachial index) and a TBI (toe-brachial index), effectively completing the lower limb assessment.
Pre-surgical and post surgical use of these tests helps to evaluate your patient’s ability to heal, even from “minor” procedures. Use of this series of tests can also help diagnose conditions such as: PVD, Atherosclerosis, Chronic Ulcers of the lower limb and ankle, and injury to blood vessels of the lower extremities.
Venous Doppler studies are also used to assist in the diagnosing of: Varicose Veins, Venous Insufficiency, Chronic Venous Hypertension, and Deep Vein Thrombosis.
We are currently pleased to offer you the following lower extremity assessment tools:
- Arterial Doppler study
- ABI/PVR/TBI study
- Venous study (rule out DVT)
- NCV (nerve conduction study)
- Musculoskeletal ultrasound of the foot
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