- By combining today’s advanced technology with innovation, we are now able to safely and confidently evaluate a variety of vascular conditions by non-invasive methods. At CVT Vascular Lab, we are pleased to make this technology readily available to physicians and their patients.
In addition to the diagnostic procedures available through our office laboratory, we also provide non-invasive vascular testing at hospitals, private clinics and nursing homes in the Baton Rouge area and throughout southeast Louisiana. Our equipment and personnel are transported to these facilities in specially designed vans.
All of the diagnostic procedures detailed here are administered by our Registered Vascular Technologists and interpreted by a CVT physician. Reports are written for the patient’s chart and the referring physician. Telephone reports are made if the findings are significant or if requested.
CVT Surgical Center offers the following tests:
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)
Abdominal Aortic Endograft Examination
Bypass Graft Examination
Upper and Lower Venous Examination (DVT)
Venous Insufficiency Examination
Lower Extremity Physiologic Examination (Peripheral Arterial Disease or PAD)
Peripheral Arterial Duplex Examination
Treadmill Testing for PAD
Renal Artery Examination
- CVT Vascular Lab is accredited by the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). IAC offers accreditation for each of the testing areas that a vascular laboratory performs. CVT Vascular Lab first sought and obtained IAC accreditation in 1993 and has continually maintained accreditation since that time.
IAC accreditation is recognized as certification that the Vascular Laboratory meets established standards of quality in vascular testing. The accreditation process considers what kind of equipment a laboratory uses, how it is maintained, testing protocols, reporting procedures, training and qualifications of the staff, and the quality-assurance processes that are in place. Meeting or exceeding the nationally-recognized standards of quality, vascular testing at CVT Vascular Lab is done by trained and credentialed vascular technologists, using state-of-the-art ultrasound imaging and noninvasive vascular testing systems.
Accreditation is granted only to those facilities that are found to be providing quality patient care, in compliance with the IAC Standards. Once granted, IAC accreditation is valid for a period of three years, after which time the facility must undergo a repeat evaluation.
- Ultrasound duplex scanning is the workhorse technology for the Vascular Laboratory. Duplex scanning is non-invasive, safe and cost-effective. It can be used for vascular disease screening, but it can also provide definitive diagnosis in many cases.
Duplex scanning uses two-dimensional, grayscale, B-mode imaging to create a picture of vessel anatomy. Imaging can also characterize plaque, thrombus or other vessel pathology. Doppler ultrasound evaluation of blood-flow velocities is the other component of duplex scanning. Flow velocity information can be read from a Doppler waveform or displayed a color overlay on the grayscale image.
CVT Vascular Lab uses a suite of full-featured ultrasound systems with state-of-the-art imaging technologies. These ultrasound systems are used for many types of studies. Electronic image recording and storage on our PACS system allows clinicians convenient and secure access to vascular studies from any network workstation.
Testing for upper- and lower-extremity arterial disease commonly includes use of physiologic testing methods. These tests include limb or digit pressure measurements with pneumatic cuffs and Doppler flow detectors; plethysmography (measurements of volume changes due to pulsatile blood-flow); and other techniques. These tests can also be performed before and after treadmill exercise, which may be helpful in the evaluation of patients with intermittent claudication.
- Able and experienced staff is the key to the CVT Vascular Lab’s excellence. Vascular technologists with specialized training and clinical focus perform a variety of non-invasive vascular studies every day.
Individuals are eligible to take a nationally recognized registry examination following an appropriate educational and clinical pathway. The exam tests their skills and knowledge in vascular pathophysiology, noninvasive vascular testing techniques, hemodynamics and ultrasound physics. The recognized testing bodies are the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS) and Cardiovascular Credentialing International (CCI).
Vascular technology is one of the several ultrasound registry disciplines offered through ARDMS and CCI. Upon successful completion of this exam, the individual is then recognized as a registered vascular technologist (RVT) or registered vascular sonographer (RVS). The technologist is required to obtain ongoing continuing education throughout their career to maintain their registry status. This keeps the professional up to date with new and constantly changing technology and procedures.
It is highly recommended and mandated in some regions, that an individual be a current RVT or RVS to perform any vascular lab examination. This ensures top quality and a thorough knowledge base for each exam. All our technologists are required to become registered within a designated time period from initial employment.
Vascular Lab Technologists
• Sophia Guidry (Lab Director)
• Bryan Broussard (Assistant Director)
• Bronson Arnoult
• Scott Brady
• James Bryant
• Darren Campbell
• Jennifer Courtney
• Wes Eaton
• Megan Eskine
• Jeremy George
• Shelby Hull
• Jill LaLonde
• Susan Langlois
• Barrett Maxwell
• Ashley Smith-McDonner
• Laurel Morgan
• Karla Odom
• Mitzi Powell
• Katherine Virnich