Healthcare science staff working in this field use ultrasound and other non-invasive techniques to image and assess the blood flow of patients with diseases of the arteries and veins. These examinations are often the only investigation carried out before a surgical intervention.
Disorders can include:
- transient ischaemic attack (TIA)
- peripheral arterial disease
- deep vein thrombosis
- varicose veins
Most vascular investigations are carried out using ultrasound machines. These transmit high-frequency sounds waves into a patient’s body for interpretation. Other equipment is used to measure circulation in the brain, limbs and vital organs.