Vascular probe research can help further treatment of vascular disease. The vascular probe can be compared to many of the other probes. The ultrasound probe has specific crystals that can then send ultrasound waves into the patient. Another crystal is designed to receive the returning wave and they bounce back from the blood cells.
The advancement of the technology has allowed these probes to pick up a range of data when the ultrasound waves hit the cells. They can track blood flow as well as the direction in which the cells are flowing. With use of high low pitch sound they can identify move, flow and its direction, helping identify further details of any problems
By identifying differences in the transmitted and returned waves the system through analysis can then create the sound of what is occurring in the body. In a case where neither the blood is moving or blood vessels are clear the sound will not be produced giving clear indication of the situation to the practitioner. Further evaluation by the system can produce information about blood flow volume with graph and in-depth analysis.
Through this procedure blockages can be identified. Blockage in the circulation to the arms or legs is known as Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD). With these blockages vascular probes are used to perform an arterial exam. The arterial exam can collect much greater amount of information presence, absence, or severity of the blockages. Signs of severe like hardening of arteries or diabetes
In cases where there are both vascular and neurogenic sources of pain and disease is present, diagnosis can be difficult. With probe exams results can identify if any of the portion of the symptoms are vascular at all. Exercise is usually prescribed and is helpful in patients with vascular disease. Minimal claudication can impact on the areas considerably causing continued pain and increased healing periods.
The light at the end of the tunnel is treatment. Once vascular disease s identified lifestyle changes can be introduced with removing smoking and bad eating habits and replacing them with exercise and improved dietary options. Physical therapy, gait analysis to reduce energy of ambulation, and sympathetic nerve blocks can be used to relieve pain and improve circulation. Its important that those with high risk in getting PAD or other vascular disease should regularly visit a doctor to have these exams. Early detection can increase overall outcome with appropriate treatment