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Scans to Detect Peripheral Artery Disease

Monday, 14 December 2020 00:00

Computed tomography angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) are two kinds of noninvasive imaging studies that can be used to visualize the blood flow in different areas of your body, including your lower limbs. A podiatrist may request that you undergo one of these imaging studies if they suspect that you might have peripheral artery disease, a condition that causes poor circulation to the lower limbs. Both of these tests require the patient to lie down on a motorized bed that moves through a scanner, which takes images of your lower legs. CTAs require the injection of an intravenous contrasting agent and the use of radiation in order to see your blood flow, while an MRA may or may not require the use of a contrasting agent, but does not use radiation. For more information about these and other tests to assess blood flow in the lower limbs, please speak with a podiatrist.

Vascular testing plays an important part in diagnosing disease like peripheral artery disease. If you have symptoms of peripheral artery disease, or diabetes, consult with Massimo Pietrantoni, DPM from Rochester Podiatry, LLP. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

What Is Vascular Testing?

Vascular testing checks for how well blood circulation is in the veins and arteries. This is most often done to determine and treat a patient for peripheral artery disease (PAD), stroke, and aneurysms. Podiatrists utilize vascular testing when a patient has symptoms of PAD or if they believe they might. If a patient has diabetes, a podiatrist may determine a vascular test to be prudent to check for poor blood circulation.

How Is it Conducted?

Most forms of vascular testing are non-invasive. Podiatrists will first conduct a visual inspection for any wounds, discoloration, and any abnormal signs prior to a vascular test.

 The most common tests include:

  • Ankle-Brachial Index (ABI) examination
  • Doppler examination
  • Pedal pulses

These tests are safe, painless, and easy to do. Once finished, the podiatrist can then provide a diagnosis and the best course for treatment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of our offices located in Brighton and Greece of Rochester, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.


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