Vascular Disease: Non-Invasive Testing

Overview

Cleveland Clinic's accredited Vascular Laboratory performs non-invasive studies such as diagnostic ultrasound and segmental pressures/ pulse volume recordings to detect vascular disease. Ultrasound is the most important tool in the vascular laboratory. Large ultrasound machines are used to take pictures of blood vessels and blood flow in these vessels with color Doppler and pulsed Doppler. Segmental pressures and pulse volume recordings is another important tool used in a vascular laboratory. These tests are performed to locate the area of blockage in the arms and legs.

After a physician’s physical examination, testing in a vascular laboratory is often the first step in diagnosing vascular disease. Specific tests are ordered according to the patient’s symptoms and suspected vascular problems. 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).

From this information, the physician decides if further testing is needed. Testing is performed by a registered vascular technologist/sonographer. Non-invasive testing utilizes various types of technology to evaluate flow, perfusion, and pressures within the vessels at rest and with exercise. These procedures are generally painless and can help to determine if blood vessel disease is present, the location, and severity. Once a test is completed, the images are sent to a physician for review and interpretation. From the results of these tests, the physician will determine the need for more non-invasive testing or procedures to treat vascular disease.

Cleveland Clinic's non-invasive vascular laboratory is committed to world class patient care and service. It is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission* which means that the lab has a long-term commitment to high standards of quality patient care and monitoring.

Studies performed in the non-invasive vascular laboratory include:

Cleveland Clinic's Non-invasive Vascular Lab is one of the busiest laboratories in the country. The average number of studies performed in one day range from 110-130 studies. This provides a highly skilled staff and an exceptional environment for education and training.An affiliation with the Oregon Institute of Technology* and Cuyagoga Community College allows for education and training of vascular technology students. Additionally, we offer educational opportunities for outside vascular surgeons, vascular internists, cardiologists, and ultrasound technologists who are interested in expanding their knowledge base and ultrasound skills.

Features of the non-invasive vascular laboratory include:

  • Staff of 18 physicians, 26 registered vascular technologists, and four registered lead technologists. Each study is reviewed and interpreted by either a vascular medicine physician or a vascular surgeon.
  • Two fully functional vascular laboratories are available for patient care in J3-5 or F30. Vascular screenings are also available in J3-5. Diagnostic machines have portable capability to meet the needs of the entire Cleveland Clinic patient population.
  • The lab is committed to meet the needs of patients and staff, including patients involved in research studies and outside physician referrals.
  • 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 allow the physician to be able to review critical images more easily. This system allows for review of duplex ultrasound examinations, arteriography, MRI, and CT scans. This enables a direct comparison of different modalities of imaging for better and quicker correlation and quality assurance.
  • Continuing education and a commitment to state-of-the-art technology allows for a knowledgeable and well-trained staff.

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Resources

Main Campus

Cleveland Main Campus

  • 9500 Euclid Avenue
  • Locations:
    • Desk Vascular Medicine: J3-5
    • Desk Vascular Surgery: F30
  • Appointments: 216-444.4420 or Toll-free: 800.223.2273, extension 44420

Regional Vascular Lab Locations

East

Beachwood Family Health and Surgery Center

  • 26900 Cedar Road Suite 32 North Beachwood, OH 44122
  • Appointments: 216.839.3800

Chagrin Falls Family Health Center

  • 551 East Washington Street Chagrin Falls, OH
  • Appointments: 440.839.9393

Twinsburg Family Health and Surgery Center

  • 8701 Darrow Road Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
  • Appointments: 330.888.4000

Vascular Surgery Office and Vein Center at Hillcrest

  • 6801 Mayfield Road Building 2 - Suite 146 and 300 Mayfield Heights, Ohio 44124
  • Appointments: 440.461.1150

Willoughby Hills Family Health Center

  • 2570 SOM Center Road Willoughby Hills, Ohio 44094
  • Appointments: 440.943.2500

Chestnut Commons Family Health Center

  • 303 Chestnut Commons Drive Elyria, OH 44035
  • Appointments: 440.366.9444

West Valley Cardiology

  • 20455 Lorain Road Fairview Park, OH 44126
  • Appointments: 440.333.8600

West

Fairview Park

  • Basem Droubi, MD 20997 Lorain Road Fairview Park, Ohio 44126
  • Appointments: 440.356.1009

Fairview Hospital Medical Office Building

  • Daniel McLaughlin, MD 18101 Lorain Avenue, Suite 545 Cleveland, Ohio 44111
  • Appointments: 216.476.9669

Lorain Family Health and Surgery Center

  • 5700 Cooper Foster Park Road, 2nd Floor (in Radiology) Lorain, Ohio 44053
  • Appointments: 440.204.7400

Chestnut Commons Family Health Center

  • 303 Chestnut Commons Drive, 1st Floor (in Radiology) Elyria, Ohio 44039
  • Appointments: 440.204.7400

Richard E. Jacobs Health Center

  • 33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd., 2nd Floor Avon, Ohio 44011
  • Appointments: 440.695.4000

Westlake Medical Campus Building A

  • James Bekeny, MD, RPVI
  • 850 Columbia Road, Suite 102 Westlake, OH 44145
  • Appointments: 440.899.4646

South

Independence Family Health Center

  • 5001 Rockside Road, Crown Center II, 2nd Floor Independence, Ohio 44131
  • Appointments: 216.986.4000

Marymount Hospital Medical Office Building

  • 12000 McCracken Road, Suite 351 Garfield Heights, Ohio 44125
  • Appointments: 216.587.4280

Medina Hospital Medical Office Building

  • 1000 E. Washington St., 5th Floor Medina, Ohio 44256
  • Appointments: 330.721.5700

Strongsville Faily Health and Surgery Center

  • 16761 SouthPark Center, 1st Floor (in Radiology) Strongsville, Ohio 44136
  • Appointments: 440.878.2500

Wooster Specialty and Surgery Center

  • 721 E. Milltown Rd., 2nd Floor Wooster, Ohio 44691
  • Appointments: 330.287.4500

To access locations and directions

For more information about visiting our vascular laboratory contact:

Sandra Yesenko, B.S., RVT, R.D.M.S.

Director of Education for the Vascular Laboratory

Phone: 216.445.1622

Email: yesenks@ccf.org

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 01/07/2019.

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