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Vascular Diagnostic Unit

Telephone: (01) 646 6173/4
Fax:           (01) 646 5465
Email: Vascular.lab@mailc.hse.ie

Our primary mission is to advance patient care by providing a high quality diagnostic and consultation service while respecting the dignity and beliefs of all patients.

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Making an Appointment
Diagnostic Tests
Frequently Asked Questions

Location

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The Vascular Diagnostic Unit is located on the first floor of the Connolly wing bulding.

Directions : Enter the hospital via the main concourse, go straight past the coffee shop on the left hand side, turn left and take the stairs/lift up to the next level. go straight throug the double doors in front of you and you will have reached Vascular Reception.

 

Office Hours

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The VMU opens at 8.30 am and closes at 4.30 pm Monday to Friday. The unit is closed for lunch from 1.00pm to 2.00 pm.

 

Making an Appointment

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Diagnostic testing is by appointment only. A referral letter from a GP or Consultant is necessary for all appointments.

 

Diagnotic Tests

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All scanning protocols are in accordance with the guidelines set by the Society for Vascular Technology of Great Britain and Ireland.

All vascular diagnostic ultrasound tests are non-invasive.

  1. Carotid Examination: Examination on both sides of the neck to determine if there is normal blood flow to the brain.
  2. Transcranial examination: Examination performed at the side of the head to examine flow within the brain.
  3. Arterial lower limb: Pressure cuffs are placed on the arms and legs to determine arterial flow to both lower extremities. Depending on the results of the pressure measurement you may be asked to walk on a treadmill to complete the examination.
  4. Varicose Vein Assessment: To examine the veins in the leg. You will be standing for part of the exam.
  5. Deep Vein Thrombosis: To determine if there is a clot in your leg. Light pressure will be applied to your leg during this examination.
  6. Abdominal examination: Examination of the arteries and veins within the abdomen. Fasting is required for this examination from 12 midnight the night before.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is ultrasound?

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Diagnostic ultrasound is the use of high frequency sound waves to visualise the arteries and veins in the body.

 

Is ultrasound safe?

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Diagnostic ultrasound has been in use for over 25 years. An ultrasound examination does not involve X-Rays and so does not have any of the risks associated with ionising radiation. It is one of the safest diagnostic medical techniques.

 

How is the test performed?

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A liquid gel is applied to the skin in the area to be examined and a small device called a transducer is passed over the area. This allows the examiner to look at and listen to the blood flow within the arteries and veins. You will hear sounds of the blood flow during the examination.

 

Will it hurt?

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The ultrasound scan is not painful as only gentle pressure on the skin is required to make the picture.

 

How long does it take?

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The time taken depends on the examination requested but it usually requires 10 – 20 minutes.

 

How long do the results take?

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In certain circumstances a provisional report will be given at the time of examination. For most out-patient appointments a typed report will be sent to the referring doctor within a few days.

 

How do I prepare for the examination?

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No preparation is necessary unless you are having an abdominal examination. For abdominal examinations you should not eat anything after midnight the night before the examination.You will be advised on whether fasting is necessary when making the appointment.

 

Should I stop taking my medications before my scan?

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No. Continue taking all medications as usual.

 

Will I be lying down during the examination?

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For most examinations you will be lying on a patient table. If you are having a varicose vein assessment you will be standing for part of the examination.

 

Will I have to exercise during the examination?

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In certain circumstances if the arteries in your leg are being assessed you may be required to walk on a treadmill for a short period of time.You will not be exercised if you have any medical problems which would making walking difficult for you.

 

Do I have to pay for the examination?

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There will be no charge for the examination.I f you have medical insurance please bring your information with you and you will be asked to sign an insurance form at the time of examination.

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