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The Southeastern Vascular Laboratory

Our Vascular Laboratory evaluates and diagnoses arterial and venous diseases and disorders in the vascular system. We offer the following tests:

Cerebrovascular testing for carotid disease including a TIA (transient ischemic attack), Bruit (turbulent blood flow heard as a result of vibration in the vessel wall) and CVA (cerebrovascular accident).

Peripheral arterial testing for upper and lower extremity arterial problems, including claudication (leg pain occurring after walking), rest pain, Raynaud’s disease and follow-up to lower extremity bypass surgery. 

Venous testing for upper and lower extremities including deep and superficial vein thrombosis, venous insufficiency for varicose veins or venous stasis ulcers, venous mapping for surgery and pre operative for venous closure.

Our noninvasive techniques for diagnosing disorders include duplex ultrasound scans, segmental pressures and plethysmography.

Duplex ultrasound scans

The purpose of a duplex ultrasound is to determine blood flow within a blood vessel. Traditional ultrasounds use sound waves that bounce of structures to create a picture, but a duplex ultrasound combines traditional ultrasounds with Doppler ultrasounds that create pictures off moving objects such as blood flow. With this combination of ultrasounds, your doctor can determine your blood flow’s speed.

Segmental Pressures

By using a Doppler ultrasound and blood pressure cuffs, the segmental pressure exam determines the blood flow in the legs. Blood pressure cuffs are placed in 4 or 5 different places on each leg, and clear jelly for the ultrasound is spread on the leg. The blood pressure cuffs are inflated, while the ultrasound is taking place to obtain an accurate measure of blood flow.

Plethysmorgraphy

This test is done to measure lung function. Specifically, it will tell your doctor how much air your lungs can hold and how much air is left over once you exhale. During the test, you will sit in a small room and be asked to breathe through a mouthpiece. The technician will give instructions on how and when to breathe.

The Southeastern Vascular Laboratory is certified by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories, ensuring the highest standard of accuracy. Dr. Daniel R. Gorin, MD, FACS, RVT, Medical Director interprets all exams.

Our Technical Director, Kelly R. Travis, MHSc, RVT, is certified by the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers with her specialty in vascular technology.  In addition, she holds a Masters in Health Science from Nova Southeastern University with a specialty in vascular sonography. She has been with The Southeastern Vascular Laboratory from the beginning of her career.  We offer same day appointments for vascular studies and doctor’s appointments.