Vascular physiologists are primarily involved in the diagnosis of disease of the veins and arteries. Most vascular physiologists work within vascular laboratories as part of a multidisciplinary surgical team.
These physiologist lead services perform and report on a wide variety of ultrasound examinations and functional studies which provide valuable information to the surgeons or other referring doctors.
Conditions which are commonly diagnosed and followed up by vascular physiologists include; cerebrovascular disease that can lead to stroke, aneurysmal disease of the arteries that can lead to rupture if undetected, peripheral arterial disease which can cause difficulty walking and eventually lead to limb amputation if untreated, or venous disease which causes varicose veins and can lead to ulceration if untreated.
At present there are a number of vascular laboratories in Ireland in both public and private hospitals. There are several in Dublin but there are also labs in Galway, Limerick, Tullamore, and Waterford.
In a Vascular Physiology Department, the Vascular Physiologist performs the following tests:
- Carotid Artery Ultrasound Image.
- Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound Image.
- Left Kidney Flow Ultrasound Image.
- Lower Extremity Artery Ultrasound Image.
- Lower Extremity Vein Ultrasound Image.
- Ankle Brachial Index (ABI Test)/Physiological Testing Segmental Blood Pressure Cuffs.