Vascular Ultrasound Specialist

Kenneth Spearman, MD -  - Vascular & Vein Center

Central Coast Vein & Vascular

Kenneth Spearman, MD

Vascular & Vein Center located in Arroyo Grande, CA

Vascular ultrasound creates detailed images showing the structure of your blood vessels and the blood flowing through your arteries and veins. Kenneth Spearman, MD, at Central Coast Vein & Vascular, performs on-site ultrasound imaging, quickly obtaining the information needed to diagnose vascular conditions such as atherosclerosis, blood clots, and venous insufficiency, which causes varicose veins. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Arroyo Grande, California, or use the online booking feature.

Vascular Ultrasound Q&A

What is vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound uses sound waves to create images of your arteries, veins, and the blood flowing through your peripheral blood vessels. This type of imaging allows Dr. Spearman to easily perform vascular screening for people at risk of developing arterial and venous diseases.

Ultrasound is also a powerful diagnostic tool that allows him to identify the cause of your symptoms, determine the best treatment for your vascular condition, and plan the details of minimally invasive interventional procedures.

What type of vascular ultrasound might I receive?

Your ultrasound is performed using a handheld transducer that sends sound waves into your body. As the sound waves travel through your body, they bounce off the structures they encounter and return to the transducer.

The transducer then sends the information to a computer that interprets the signals and produces detailed images. You may have one of three types of ultrasound: conventional, Doppler, and duplex.

Conventional ultrasound shows the structure of your blood vessels, revealing conditions such as:

  • Arterial blockages due to atherosclerosis
  • Venous blood clots
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Varicose veins
  • Renal vascular disease
  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms
  • Peripheral venous disease

Doppler ultrasound is a specialized technique that shows the blood flowing through your arteries and veins. Color Doppler reveals the direction and speed of the blood as it goes through the blood vessel.

Duplex ultrasound refers to having a conventional ultrasound and Doppler ultrasound performed on the same blood vessel.

What blood vessels are examined during vascular ultrasound?

As a premier clinic devoted to comprehensive vascular care, Dr. Spearman performs an ultrasound to diagnose conditions in many arteries and veins, including the:

  • Hepatic artery and portal vein, which serve the liver
  • Aorta, the main artery supplying blood from the heart to peripheral blood vessels
  • Carotid and vertebral arteries, which supply blood to your brain
  • Renal arteries, which deliver blood to your kidneys
  • Celiac and mesenteric arteries, which serve organs in your middle abdomen

Dr. Spearman also uses ultrasound to examine several arteries in your legs and arms.

What should I expect during vascular ultrasound?

Your provider applies gel to the area of your body being examined. The gel improves sound transmission through your skin, which in turn, delivers a sharper image. Then they place the transducer against your skin and move it over the area to obtain the best image of the targeted vessels.

A vascular ultrasound takes 30-60 minutes, depending on the area and the type of ultrasound. Since the images are immediately produced on the computer, Dr. Spearman can examine the results and determine the best treatment.

If you need to schedule a vascular ultrasound, call Central Coast Vein & Vascular or use the online booking feature.