Vein Diagnosis and Treatment at the
Blank Vascular Center
The Blank Vascular Center’s on-site laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL), demonstrating the caliber of our diagnostic and treatment care.
To identify peripheral artery disease or PAD, our specialists use advanced Doppler ultrasound to assess blood flow in the arteries, highlighting blockages or narrowing. Team surgeons trained in endovascular techniques insert a thin catheter tube through a tiny hole and use angiogram x-ray images to view problem areas and determine treatment. Doppler ultrasound is also used to diagnose vein conditions.
Carotid artery disease, or CAD, is identified by Blank Vascular Center experts when they hear “bruits” or rumbling sounds from blood passing through a restricted vessel. The diagnosis can be confirmed by a carotid ultrasound, CT angiogram, MRI, or cerebral angiogram, in which a catheter is inserted into the artery for x-ray viewing.
Broad treatment capabilities
Our laboratory’s sophisticated technology enables Blank Vascular Center experts to conduct minimally invasive procedures to treat artery and vein problems. These methods include:
Blank Vascular Center treatments for spider and varicose veins also include: compression therapy, using special stockings to support circulation; sclerotherapy, to seal off damaged areas by chemical injection; and vein removal.
When open surgical solutions are needed, our vascular surgeons provide:
- vascular bypass surgery for peripheral artery disease;
- grafting, for aortic aneurysm;
- carotid endarterectomy, to remove blockages in carotid artery disease;
- open aortic repair, and other vascular surgery procedures.
The Blank Vascular Center offers easy access from inside Abington Memorial Hospital and from the Buerger Building valet parking entrance.
Read the story of Theodore R. Sullivan, Jr., M.D., Director, Vascular Surgical Services, Blank Vascular Center, when he volunteered overseas to treat U.S. soldiers who suffered vascular injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For expertise on diagnosing and treating artery, vein and circulatory system conditions, contact the Blank Vascular Center specialists.