A dialysis access ultrasound examines an arteriovenous fistula or graft. Images are acquired using a hand held probe (transducer) that is applied to the arm.
This test is used to:
Yes. Eat and drink as you normally would the day of the test (unless you are also scheduled that day for an ultrasound exam that requires fasting).
Take all of your medications at the usual times, as prescribed by your doctor.
How will I feel during the test?
You should feel no significant discomfort during this test. You will feel slight pressure of the transducer on your arm.
This exam usually takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on many variables. After the test, you may go home or go to your other scheduled appointments.
After a vascular surgeon has interpreted your exam, the results will be sent to your referring physician and/or the vascular surgeon will go over the results with you during a follow-up appointment.