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Vascular Ultrasound

A vascular ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to produce a picture or graph of blood as it flows through a blood vessel. No radiation or X-rays are necessary.

A vascular ultrasound procedure is performed to help evaluate blood flow through the major arteries and veins of the arms, legs, abdomen and neck. It can also reveal blood clots in these vessels.

Before your vascular ultrasound procedure, you should have nothing to eat or drink for 8 hours if your exam involves the abdomen.

Several images and measurements are taken during the procedure. The procedure takes 30-60 minutes depending on the area being examined.

A radiologist will send the results of the procedure to your doctor who will discuss them with you.

Providing safe, quality patient care is our highest priority. To help ensure quality and safety, we ask that you do not bring young children with you to your appointments, as children are not allowed to accompany you during Imaging procedures. Staff is unable to monitor your child in your absence.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your provider.

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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

CentraCare care givers have been working around the clock for more than 20 months to care for you, your families and friends during COVID. We are committed to caring for every Minnesotan who needs us, and nothing will prevent us from doing so – even during these never-seen-before times.

The challenge of providing this level of care is that our hospital beds are often full. ERs in all of our hospitals are packed. And our clinical teams are exhausted. Early in the pandemic, our community stepped up in amazing ways to help us. We ask that you again join us in fighting this pandemic together.

How can you help?

  • Please get your COVID vaccines and booster shots. They are proven safe and effective in reducing COVID illness, keeping people out of the hospital, and preventing death.
  • If your situation is not an emergency, please use other care options, including:
  • If this is a medical emergency, call 9-1-1, or visit the ER.

Together, we can do this. Thank you for your support.

Ken Holmen, MD
President and CEO