Vascular Lab

Coastal Vein and Vascular Specialists Vascular Diagnostic Laboratory

The first step in diagnosing vascular disease begins by taking a careful medical history, including risk factors and a physical exam (including symptoms, temperature of the skin, appearance of limbs and blood vessels, and presence or absence of pulses). After our provider’s physical examination, spending some time in our on-site vascular laboratory is often the first step in diagnosing vascular disease.

We have the resources right here in the office to offer head to toe vascular lab ultrasound studies so dress comfortably! Leave your three-piece suit at home and break out your lounge wear when you see us!   Ultrasounds are completely painless, and it would not be unusual at all if you fell asleep during your ultrasound!

Here’s what you can expect:

The technologist will explain what is going to happen and may ask you to take your shoes or pants off while providing you with a drape to cover up with.

You will be asked to lay down on your back on one of our super comfortable, padded ultrasound exam beds and then all you have to do is just relax! 

The ultrasound machine has two parts:  a camera (called a transducer) that is about the size of a bar of soap and this camera is then connected to a simple lap top computer. The technologist will put a very small amount of clear ultrasound gel (like hair gel) on the area of your skin where the camera is going to look (ultrasound gel is about 95% water too!) The camera will be gently moved around and every so often you will hear heart beats and / or windy sounds. If you don’t hear anything, don’t worry! That just means the technologist turned that function off and is checking something else! After the technologist is happy with the pictures on the lap top, the gel will be wiped off and you are all done!

From the results of these tests, our providers will determine the best treatment options for you. 

The entire staff of Coastal Vein and Vascular’s vascular laboratory is committed to world class patient care and service. Soon, we will achieve accreditation by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) which supports the lab’s commitment to high standards of quality patient care and monitoring.

The ultrasound exams last anywhere from 15 minutes to 45 minutes, depending on what we are checking out.   Types of ultrasounds we offer:

  • Carotid ultrasound of the vessels in the neck that bring oxygen up to the brain.

  • Venous ultrasound to check the veins of neck, chest, arms and legs.

  • Arterial ultrasound to check the arteries of chest, arms and legs.

  • Abdominal ultrasound of the vessels in the abdomen

 Features of the non-invasive vascular laboratory include:

  • Board certified Medical and Technical Director who specializes in vascular disease. The Medical Director, Dr. Chris Boyes, is a board-certified Vascular Surgeon, and the sonographers are all Registered Vascular Sonographers (RVT).

  • The vascular lab is committed to meet the needs of patients and staff, including patients who are referred from outside physicians. 

  • Digital image management sets us apart from all vascular laboratories in terms of information processing and accuracy. Computer workstations allow the immediate transfer of digital information at the time of examination and allows Dr. Boyes to be able to review critical images more easily.

  • Continuing education and a commitment to state-of-the-art technology allows for a knowledgeable and extremely competent staff. 

  • State of the art ultrasound equipment with exceptional image quality for all exam types.