New vascular lab broadens local services

May 10, 2012

Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center opened a new noninvasive vascular lab to better meet the needs of patients in Clackamas County. As part of Providence Heart and Vascular Institute, the clinic provides noninvasive tests of inpatients and outpatients by registered vascular technologists.

Noninvasive testing using Doppler ultrasound techniques allows patients to be examined free of the risks and discomforts of injections or other invasive procedures.

“Having a dedicated clinic will give us the ability to provide a complete array of noninvasive vascular services,” says Dan Dalton, Providence noninvasive cardiovascular manager. “Patients should experience faster appointment times and be tested closer to home.”

Primary care physicians can refer patients to the noninvasive vascular lab to help diagnose blocked arteries in the legs or neck; look for abdominal aortic aneurysms and decreased blood to the kidneys; and assess varicose veins and potential blood clots in the legs.

The clinic is open for outpatient care from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Technologists also are available to perform urgent and emergency diagnostic exams at all hours.