Accredited Vascular Lab

Our non-invasive vascular lab is located in the Boston Vein Care Chelmsford office, and it provides a comprehensive list of diagnostic tests. Our services are designed with both the patient’s comfort and referring physician's convenience in mind. A report is generated and faxed to the referring provider. A few of the most commonly performed tests are listed below.

  • ANKLE BRACHIAL INDEX (ABI)- First in line as a basic screening test for PAD.  
  • TOE BRACHIAL INDEX (TBI)-Used in patients with hardened arteries in diabetic and/or elderly patients.

 

  • SEGMENTAL PRESSURES- To help localize blockage in an arterial segments.
  • PHOTOPLETHYSMOGRAPHY (PPG)- Usually done in conjunction with ABI & TBI to increase the accuracy.

 

Vascular Ultrasound

Non-invasive tests like ABI & segmental pressures are time tested screening tests for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). However, these tests many times comes back false negative even though the patient actually has the disease. For this reason, arterial ultrasounds are often used to supplement information achieved from said tests. Similarly, venous-ultrasounds are the gold standard for diagnosing venous reflux, and deep venous thrombosis.

STROKE (CVA) SCREENING:

Carotid artery stenosis is one of the most important causes of mini strokes (TIA) and full-blown strokes (CVA). Additionally, the inner wall thickness of the carotid artery (carotid intima media thickness) is used as a cardiovascular screening test and sometimes can be used risk stratify and adjust the cardiovascular risk factors in attempt to prevent heart attacks, stroke and amputations. 

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