Patient receives a carotid artery ultrasound.

Vascular Screenings

Vascular self-referral screenings use ultrasound technology to detect blockages in the circulatory system. Screenings are designed for those who have not been previously diagnosed with vascular disease; therefore, a physician's order is not required. These screenings check for signs of:

  • Peripheral Artery Disease: a screening of the lower extremities for plaque build-up, often an indicator of heart disease.
  • Stroke: a screening of carotid arteries in the neck to detect plaque build-up, which can lead to a stroke.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm*: an exam to pinpoint weakened areas of the vessel that serves as the main channel of the circulatory system.

A physician's order is not required to schedule these screenings. Results will be sent directly to the patient to share with their physician. The cost is $45 per study or $100 for all three exams. Payment should be made at the time of service, as most insurance providers do not cover these screening exams. To schedule a screening, call 931.380.4044.

*Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Medicare Part B covers an AAA screening as a one-time benefit for recipients who are considered at risk based on family history, age and smoking history. Ask your physician about this screening and whether you qualify.

Learn more about vascular disease, including risk factors, here.