Q: What is a vascular ultrasound exam?
A: A Vascular Ultrasound Exam looks at blood vessels to determine if there are any areas of narrowing, blockage or clots. Your doctor may request that the blood vessels in your neck, arms, or legs be examined.
Q: How do I prepare for my ultrasound exam?
A: There is no preparation required for most ultrasounds. For renal artery duplex and mesenteric artery duplex exams, please fast for 8 hours prior to your appointment.
Q: How is a vascular ultrasound exam performed?
A: The technologist will apply a water-based gel to the skin surface in the area being examined. The gel helps to transmit the ultrasound waves. The technologist will guide a transducer over the skin surface to examine the blood vessel.
Q: How is an arterial evaluation performed?
A: If an arterial examination of the arms or legs is ordered, the technologist may use blood pressure cuffs to evaluate the circulation.
Q: How long does an exam take?
A: Typically, exams usually take between 30-60 minutes, depending on the specific test being requested.
Q: Do I need an appointment for my vascular ultrasound?
A: Yes, you do need an appointment for your ultrasound. We recommend calling and booking same day appointment in order to avoid a long waiting. The receptionist would be able to book the most convenient time and inquire about the urgency of your examination.
Q: How do I book an appointment?
A: Appointments can be scheduled by calling our office at 416-431-5885 or by faxing requisition at 416-431-1272 or walk-in within regular working hours.
Q: What happens if I’m late for my appointment?
A: Depending on how late you are, the technician will try their best to accommodate you. If the technician feels they still have enough time they will perform your test. If they feel they don’t have enough time before the next patient comes in, we will try our best to give you our next available appointment.
Q: What happens if I need to reschedule/cancel my appointment?
A: We all know that sometimes emergencies come up quickly, but please try your best to call our office 24 hours in advance.
Q: Does it take long to get an appointment at Compu-Sound Vascular Laboratory?
A: No, it does not take long at all. We are well known to get patients in within one week
Q: Do I have to pay for my Ultrasound/X-ray?
A: No, all diagnostic imaging tests are covered by OHIP. Make sure you bring a valid health card and requisition/referral form to your appointment. If you do not have a valid health card, then you would have to pay for the cost of the imaging tests.
Q: How long does it take to get my results sent to my doctor?
A: The results are sent out within 2-3 days automatically through our fax system and also mailed out by the secretary.
Q: Will my Ultrasound hurt?
A: No, it won’t hurt. This is a painless procedure.