Institute for Vascular Testing

State-of-the-Art Non-Invasive Vascular Ultrasound Laboratory

South Bay Vascular is the only private Vascular Surgery Center in the South Bay to have a fully accredited vascular ultrasound lab on site that is staffed by full time, registered vascular ultrasonography technicians.

All the studies we perform at the Institute for Vascular Testing are pain-free, non-invasive, and performed by a Registered Vascular Technologist (RVT) who is specially trained to conduct ultrasound studies of blood vessels. We use a state-of-the-art Phillips Envisor Ultrasound machine to take pictures of blood vessels and blood flow, utilizing a small probe with some warm gel on the area of interest. There are no needles or radiation. Most studies take under an hour.

Recognized as the best of the best, our vascular ultrasound laboratory produces high quality studies with minimal delay—and none of the hassle of having to go to a hospital.

Expert Interpretation:
The Crucial Difference

Most importantly, all of our vascular ultrasound tests are interpreted by a RPVI-certified vascular surgeon who has received special training to understand the “physics” of blood flow and who can identify subtle problems that are often missed by traditionally-trained hospital radiologists.

If a problem is found, an interim report will be phoned or faxed to the referring doctor. A full written report with drawings and/or hard-copy prints will usually be mailed within 24 hours. These tests are almost always covered by insurance if ordered by either your doctor or the vascular surgeon.

Screening Ultrasounds:
Affordable Peace of Mind

Like many people today, you may want to take your health into your own hands. If you know that you have certain risk factors for vascular disease, such as being over 55, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or cigarette smoking, you may be concerned about having a stroke or dying of a ruptured aneurysm.

At the Institute for Vascular Testing, we offer screening ultrasounds that can put your mind to rest about the above in less than 30 minutes. Insurance generally does not pay for these, but we have made them quite affordable.

Non-Invasive Vascular Testing Procedures

The procedures we perform include:

  • Carotid duplex scanning
  • Color flow duplex imaging of the upper and lower extremity arterial systems
  • Color flow duplex imaging of the upper and lower extremity venous systems
  • Preoperative arterial and venous mapping of both upper and lower extremity arterial venous systems in patients scheduled for vascular access procedures for dialysis and/or arterial bypass surgery
  • Duplex imaging of previously placed arterial and/or venous reconstruction procedures as part of a graft surveillance program to prevents graft thrombosis
  • Cold immersion stress testing with digital artery pressures and temperatures measured for the valuation of Raynauds Phenomena
  • Iliac-vein compression

How to Schedule a Test

You can schedule a test by calling 408-376-3626. Our Non-Invasive Vascular Laboratory is open between 8:30am and 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. Extended hours (7:00am – 6:00pm) are available if scheduled in advance.

Our friendly office staff will attend to any insurance authorizations that are required.

“I found Dr. Kokinos to be excellent at explaining, assessing, and treating. It is wonderful to find an excellent doctor who is also a friendly and compassionate person.”

– SBVC patient

"They took me in on a emergency basis within 3 hours. The staff was very polite, friendly and accommodating. It was so easy and fast, and everything was explained to me so I understood what was being done."

– SBVC patient