Quality, noninvasive vascular screenings save lives

Vascular conditions, such as artery disease and blood clots, affect millions of Americans, according to the Vascular Disease Foundation.

When left untreated, vascular diseases can lead to impaired mobility, decreased quality of life and, in severe cases, stroke, amputation, kidney failure or death. Rapid diagnosis and treatment of vascular conditions are key to limiting serious complications.

“Early intervention is vital to treating a vascular condition before it becomes more serious or life-threatening,” says Zahide Erkmen, MD, chief interventional radiologist and co-medical director of the Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center. “A vascular ultrasound is a noninvasive way of diagnosing diseases of the arteries and veins.”

Quality Vascular Care, Close By

Heart UltrasoundThe Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center is fully accredited by the American College of Radiology. It also holds accreditations by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission for its vascular testing in the areas of carotid, venous and arterial Doppler ultrasound. These accreditations represent the highest standards for certification in a vascular lab and reflect the hospital’s commitment to providing quality care.

Patients are either referred to a vascular ultrasound lab by a physician or they come to the lab after going to the emergency department with severe symptoms of a vascular condition.

“Vascular conditions can occur in all age groups and for many different reasons,” Dr. Erkmen says. “While we o er testing for a variety of vascular issues, the most common ultrasounds that we perform are carotid and venous ultrasounds.”

Different Screening For Different Conditions

Venous ultrasounds identify blood clots—most often in the legs—known as deep vein thrombosis. Carotid ultrasounds detect narrowing caused by plaque buildup in the artery that feeds the brain.

“Once we perform an ultrasound, our expert team of vascular sonographers and specially trained radiologists is able to quickly interpret the images and detect the disease,” Dr. Erkmen says. “This allows us to determine an effective treatment plan so that we can improve the person’s quality of life and reduce the risk for serious complications.”

The Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory at Adventist HealthCare Shady Grove Medical Center also provides ultrasounds specific to other arteries or veins in the body as well as testing for conditions such as Raynaud’s, where a person’s extremities are always cold.