Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Devices Complement Ultrasound Imaging

Peripheral Vascular Diagnosis devices, also known as ABI machines or Physiologic systems, are complementary to ultrasound imaging systems for appropriate clinical diagnosis.
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Peripheral Vascular Diagnostic Devices Complement Ultrasound Imaging

Physiologic and Imaging Devices

While Peripheral Vascular Diagnosis systems are focused on assessing the physiological severity of the peripheral vascular pathology, Ultrasound Imaging or Duplex systems provide information about the anatomical severity and location of the pathology.

These are completely different sets of required clinical input in order to reach the correct medical diagnosis.

Diagnosis Example

For example, a patient who may be diagnosed with severe stenosis located in the Femoral artery may be found to have a completely normal Ankle Brachial Index (ABI). The normal ABI is typically due to physiological compensatory mechanisms, such as peripheral autoregulation or viable collateral circulation. Thus, if based only on Ultrasound Imaging findings, clinical intervention may be determined as urgent. In contrast, the physiological testing may suggest that immediate clinical intervention is not required in this case.

Complementary Systems

Typically, for proper diagnosis, the Physiologic ABI devices are side by side with Duplex systems in most vascular laboratories. Frequently, the patient’s ABI is quickly measured. If the results indicate a physiologically significant pathology, then Imaging is performed to assess the exact location and severity of the stenosis. Thus, ABI systems can serve as fast screening prior to deciding whether Imaging is required.

The Falcon, and its Advantages over Imaging

The Falcon is a high-end and complete physiologic diagnosis system. It allows to quickly diagnose the physiological severity of the vascular pathology, and its’ simple ABI measurements can be completed much faster than Imaging and can serve for immediate patient screening.

The Falcon can also provide a diagnosis of a wide range of other specific clinical conditions. Such conditions include diagnosis of the Raynaud’s Syndrome, Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS), Venous Reflux, Penile Function (Erectile Dysfunction), Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) for evaluation of arterial stiffness, and many more specialty tests. All of these tests are supported with dedicated protocols that guide the examination in a simple and straight forward manner for optimal physiologic diagnosis.

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