Vascular Ultrasound

Vascular ultrasound, also known as a duplex study, is a non-invasive and painless medical imaging technique used to visualize the body's circulatory system. It produces detailed images of the blood vessels, aiding in the diagnosis of blockages, clots, plaques, or emboli that may disrupt normal blood flow.

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Who should consider vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound is recommended for individuals experiencing symptoms or having risk factors associated with vascular diseases, including:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
  • Varicose veins

What is vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound, also known as Doppler ultrasound, is an advanced imaging technique that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate detailed images of your blood vessels. It's a non-invasive procedure, meaning there are no injections, incisions, or insertions of instruments into your body. This cutting-edge technology allows our experienced team to visualize the blood flow in your arteries and veins, identifying any abnormalities such as blockages or clots. As a result, it aids in diagnosing a wide range of vascular conditions, including aneurysms, varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and carotid artery disease, among others. The fact that it's a painless procedure enhances its appeal, providing our patients with a comfortable experience while ensuring their vascular health is thoroughly evaluated.

Our expertise and state-of-the-art facilities

At Surgical Associates, we believe that quality care stems from a blend of advanced technology and deep expertise. That's why our vascular ultrasound services in Wausau are delivered by a highly skilled team of vascular surgeons and certified technologists who bring years of experience to the table.

Our facilities are equipped with state-of-the-art ultrasound technology that enables high-resolution imaging. This sophisticated machinery, coupled with our team's expertise, allows us to detect even subtle changes in your blood vessels, leading to early diagnosis and timely intervention.

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What are the advantages of vascular ultrasound?


Vascular ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure providing real-time imaging without the need for any incisions.

Safe and Comfortable

The procedure is safe, comfortable, and painless, with no known risks.

Early Detection

Vascular ultrasound allows for the early detection of vascular conditions, enabling timely treatment and better patient outcomes.

No Downtime

Patients can resume their regular activities promptly after the procedure.

Why choose Surgical Associates for vascular ultrasound?

Surgical Associates, nestled in North Central Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, is a renowned surgical practice established by Dr. James Binder in 1985. We're recognized for our holistic, patient-centric approach to healthcare, underpinned by an ongoing commitment to medical advancements and community service. Our skilled surgeons specialize in hernia procedures and thyroid surgery, utilizing our state-of-the-art Vascular Office-Based Lab (OBL) to provide advanced imaging and minimally invasive techniques. Our facility is also accredited through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC), which demonstrates our commitment to high-quality care as well as our compliance with health care industry standards.

As a physician-owned practice, we offer a diverse range of specialties, from thyroid, vascular, and gastric surgeries to trauma and pancreatic/liver surgeries. Our high-quality standards are certified by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). We collaborate with leading medical suppliers to leverage cutting-edge technology for our patients' benefit. This dedication to innovation is reflected in our impressive patient satisfaction rating of 4.95 over the past five years.

Vascular Ultrasound FAQ

Under what circumstances might I require a vascular ultrasound examination?

What preparations should I make for a vascular ultrasound?

What happens during a vascular ultrasound?

What happens after my vascular ultrasound?

Are there any risks or side effects linked to vascular ultrasound?

What kind of results can be achieved with vascular ultrasound?

Under what circumstances might I require a vascular ultrasound examination?

You might need a vascular ultrasound if you're experiencing symptoms like a burning sensation in your legs, muscle wasting, varicose veins, swelling or heaviness in your legs, pain in your buttocks, hips, thighs, or calves, or non-healing leg sores. It is also used to monitor blood flow to organs, assess suitability for angioplasty, or evaluate the health of blood vessels after bypass.

What preparations should I make for a vascular ultrasound?

No special preparation is necessary for a vascular ultrasound. However, it would help if you aimed to arrive about 15 minutes prior to your appointment, dress in comfortable, loose-fitting clothes, and leave jewelry or valuables at home. You might be asked to change into a hospital gown.

What happens during a vascular ultrasound?

During the examination, you will lie on an examination table while the technologist applies a lubricating gel to the areas where they will inspect your arteries and veins. A special probe, known as a transducer, is then placed against your skin and moved over the area.

What happens after my vascular ultrasound?

Following the vascular ultrasound, our team will thoroughly review the results. Any necessary treatment plans will be discussed with you to ensure you understand your condition and the next steps.

Are there any risks or side effects linked to vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound is a safe procedure with no known side effects.

What kind of results can be achieved with vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound provides insights into your body's blood flow speeds, indicating any blockages in blood vessels or narrowing of blood vessels.

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