Clinical studies of the Vascular Laboratory are relied on heavily by modern vein experts to identify venous diseases, measure the severity of them, and plan therapy and treatment for them. St. Louis Vein & Endovascular has a comprehensive vascular lab which has been accredited by the IAC Vascular Testing organization which supervises all vascular labs.
St. Louis Vein & Endovascular follows the strict IAC protocols for standard-of-care venous imaging across the country. The conditions we diagnose are described under the “Vein Diseases” and “Treatments” sections of this website.
Patients with signs and symptoms of arterial disease may require further imaging.
Carotid Artery Disease
Carotid duplex ultrasound can identify atherosclerosis, which causes narrowing and blockage and may eventually lead to a stroke if blood becomes completely blocked. The disease does not usually cause any symptoms, so oftentimes a stroke is the first sign.
Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD)
Blockages in arteries of the arms or legs that can cause limb numbness, pain, or open sores may be identified by arterial ultrasounds. When it is very severe, gangrene and amputation may be necessary. Those with coronary heart disease (CHD) have a 1 in 3 chance of developing blocked arteries in the legs.
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) occurs when the part of the aorta that is in the abdominal region swells enough to potentially burst which may cause heavy internal bleeding and even sudden death. Up to 75 percent of those who have a ruptured aorta will die before even reaching a hospital. It is most commonly seen in white men over the age of 60, as well as in individuals with symptoms of CHD and PAD. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms are able to be seen and measured using ultrasound imaging and when a diameter greater than 5.5 cm is seen, an optional repair may be warranted.
Renal and Mesenteric Arteries
If those are blocked and diagnosed properly after assessing patients with appropriate symptoms, they may need to be opened with angioplasty and stenting with minimal complications and short recovery time.