Involving various non-invasive techniques and technologies, you may already know that vascular imaging can generate maps and measurements of your circulatory system in real-time.
But how, exactly, do you know if you need vascular imaging?
Or, if your doctor has reviewed your symptoms and determined that a vascular disease may be the cause of your discomfort, then why, you may wonder, would you still need vascular imaging at all?
It’s simple: Vascular imaging is step one in the entirety of your journey to optimized health…
The Necessity of Vascular Imaging
Simply put, vascular imaging is an inherent part of the diagnostic process should your physician suspect you may be living with a vascular condition or disease.
According to the UC Davis Department of Radiology, vascular imaging is specifically used to inspect a patient’s blood vessels (both veins and arteries), as well as determine the severity of their condition.
Not only are the various imaging techniques designed to measure the current overall functionality of your circulatory system, but they will also allow your doctor to isolate areas of blood flow stagnation, thereby helping them to identify your specific condition(s).
Thus, they will be equipped to present you with the appropriate treatment options.
How To Tell If You Should Ask Your Doctor About Vascular Imaging
In some cases, patients may experience pain or swelling associated with vascular conditions, but wait to see if it subsides on its own before they approach their doctor.
That being said, this is not wise — the sooner a vascular condition is diagnosed, the sooner it can be treated, thereby enhancing the patient’s overall wellness and potentially saving their limb(s). For this reason, we encourage you to approach your doctor about undergoing some form of vascular imaging should you experience one or more of the following:
- Leg pain
- Leg/ankle swelling
- Skin discoloration
- Leg numbness or tingling
- Mobility difficulty
- Wounds that don’t heal
- And more
Some of the most common forms of vascular disease, as listed by Stanford Health Care, include peripheral arterial disease (PAD), chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis (DVT), and more.
Finding A Trusted Specialist
While your doctor may be able to help you to generally determine the underlying cause of your symptoms, they will most likely not be able to treat you themself.
They can, however, refer you to an interventional radiologist in your area who focuses on venous and vascular issues.
Thus, we encourage you to reach out to Vascular Solutions of North Carolina! Not only do we offer free screenings to help get you started on the pathway to optimized health, but our physicians specialize in using both non-invasive vascular imaging technology and innovative treatment techniques in a state-of-the-art outpatient facility.
To learn more about how we can offer you the best care, or to schedule your appointment today, contact us by calling 919-897-5999!