Find out what to expect when you come to hospital for your vascular ultrasound.

Before your appointment

You do not need to make any special preparations for the test. However, please be aware that prior to the scan you may be asked to remove some items of clothing in order for the clinical vascular scientist to access the required body part.

Please note that we are a teaching hospital and so a trainee vascular scientist may scan you prior to a qualified clinical vascular scientist. Please tell a member of the team if you are not happy with this.

During your appointment

Vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images of the blood vessels and delivers no risk to you. The test performed will depend upon the symptoms you are experiencing. A clinical vascular scientist will carry out the ultrasound scan, and they may look at the arteries or veins in your neck, arms, legs or abdomen (tummy). The blood pressure in your arms and legs may also be measured. Depending on the request, the scan may take between 30 and 90 minutes to perform. Ultrasound scans use a clear water-soluble gel that is spread over the area of skin being examined.

After your appointment

The results of vascular ultrasound investigations are reported by the clinical vascular scientists and discussed with patients during subsequent appointments with their hospital doctor.