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Ultrasound of the great vessels of the retroperitoneal space

Is a modern examination method that is used for the diagnosis of pathological changes of the aorta and inferior vena cava. Doppler ultrasound technique is used in the performance of this diagnostic procedure.

This kind of ultrasound diagnosis is based on the Doppler effect, an increase (or decrease) in the frequency of sound, light, or other waves as the source and observer move towards (or away from) each other. Because of this, during great vessels ultrasound, physician can determine not only the diameter and wall thickness, but also the nature of the blood flow.

Parameters defined during the test

  • Diameter of blood vessels.
  • The thickness of the walls of the aorta and inferior vena cava.
  • The contours of the vascular walls.
  • The presence of blood clots in the lumen of the inferior vena cava and aorta.
  • The presence of atherosclerotic plaques on the inner wall of the aorta.
  • The presence of aneurysms of the abdominal aorta.
  • Indicators of blood flow in the aorta and inferior vena cava.
  • Abdomen pulsating pain.
  • Recurring pain in the lower extremities, as alternating lameness.
  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • Varicosity of the lower extremities.
  • Hemorrhoids.
  • Varicosity of subcutaneous veins on anterior abdominal wall ("medusa head").
  • Blanching of the lower extremities skin.
  • Constant sensation of cold in feet.
  • Legs trophesy: dry skin, scaling, hair loss, brittle nails.

You will be asked to lie on a comfortable table while the technologist performs the examination. A hand held device called an Ultrasound probe will be moved over the surface of your skin in the area of interest after a liquid gel is placed on the probe and/or your skin. The Ultrasound machine uses sound waves to obtain medical images of various organs and tissues in the body. It is a painless and safe procedure with a typical duration of 60 minutes.

  • Aneurysm of abdominal aorta.
  • Atherosclerosis of the aorta.
  • Thrombosis of the inferior vena cava - Chiari disease.
  • Thrombosis of abdominal aorta - Leriche's syndrome.
  • Congenital abnormalities of the great vessels of the retroperitoneal space.
  • Traumatic injuries of the aorta and inferior vena cava.

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