What to Expect at a Screening

Our screenings are friendly and easy. From the Welcome Desk to your last screening of the day, here is what to expect. The entire process takes about 60-90 minutes, including wait times between tests.

How to Prepare for Your Screening

The important components of proper preparation are dress and fasting.
  • Wear a two-piece, loose-fitting outfit.
  • Do not wear pantyhose or tights.
  • Fast 4 hours for the AAA test.
  • Fast 12 hours for blood tests, but do drink water.
  • Avoid oils or lotion on the skin.
  • If diabetic, follow your doctor’s plan.
  • Take medications as prescribed.

What to Expect by Screening Type

  • Carotid Artery
    A technologist will place a transducer with gel on your neck to survey the carotid arteries.
  • Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
    A technologist will place a transducer with gel on your abdomen and scan from the rib cage to the level of the umbilicus (belly button) to survey the abdominal aorta.
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease
    A technician will place blood pressure cuffs around your arm and ankles, listen with a Doppler for the sound of the artery, and take blood pressures, in order to determine the ankle to brachial index.
  • Atrial Fibrillation
    A technician will place 4 “stickers” (electrodes) under your collarbones and lower legs to obtain an ECG (heart rhythm and rate) tracing.
  • Osteoporosis Risk
    A technician will place with gel over the upper tibia bone (shin bone) to determine the thickness of the bone and derive the bone density.
  • Blood tests
    Blood tests are done by finger prick. The technician will clean your middle or ring finger and place the lancet to the side of the center of your finger.You will feel the finger prick but it should be minimal discomfort.
  • Body Measurements
    Other measurements taken may include blood pressure, height, weight, and waist circumference.

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