Since 2000 the Vascular Center of Wichita Falls has been accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (formerly ICAVL) which means we have a long-term commitment to high standards of quality patient care, diagnosing of vascular disease and monitoring.
Non-invasive testing is often the first step in diagnosing vascular disease. Specific tests will depend on the patient’s symptoms and the suspected vascular problems. Diagnosing vascular disease begins by taking a careful medical history including risk factors, family history and a physical exam.
To detect vascular disease, the Vascular Center of Wichita Falls performs non-invasive studies including but not limited to the following:
- Ultrasound of arteries and veins
- Segmental pressures
- Pulse volume recordings
Ultrasound is the most important tool in the vascular laboratory. 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 are other important tools used. These tests are performed to locate the area of blockage in the arms and legs. Venous duplex Doppler is performed to determine venous reflux, the presence of thrombosis and areas of disease within the veins.
Testing is performed by Dr. Clark W. Brazil, M.D. Dr. Brazil is a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon whose credentials also include Registered Vascular Technologist, Registered Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Registered Physician in Vascular Interpretation and Fellow American College of Phlebology.
These procedures are painless and can help determine if blood vessel disease is present, the location and severity.
Once a test is completed, the findings are discussed with the patient and a determination will be made for the need of more non-invasive testing or procedures to treat vascular disease or what preventative measures the patient needs to follow.
We hope the information on these pages is both informative and helpful, but it is intended for education only. Please do note that no web site, no matter how much information is shared, can replace a consultation with your doctor and a vascular specialist. Medical technology and treatment are continually improving and evolving so before making any decision on treatment, it is always advisable to see your doctor first for a comprehensive evaluation of your vascular disease and other medical conditions.
At the Vascular Center of Wichita Falls, our lab is nationally certified to perform diagnostic studies to determine the health of your arteries. Dr. Brazil is nationally certified to do your evaluation and treatment and will work with your physicians for your best possible care and outcome. If you have concerns about your arteries or veins, contact us for an appointment. A referral is not necessary.