Non-Invasive Vascular Lab

The LSU Health Sciences Center Shreveport, Department of Surgery's Non-invasive Vascular Laboratory is accredited by the Intersocietel Commission for the Accreditation odiagnosticlabf Vascular Laboratories (ICAVL). This voluntary achievement shows the dedication and commitment of the laboratories' staff to provide the highest quality of care to the region's vascular patients.

All exams are performed by a Registered Vascular Technologist that is certified with the American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (ARDMS). The studies are then reviewed and interpreted by a board certified Vascular Surgeon.

Ultrasound Imaging and Physiological Tests are performed in the lab. Some of the most common exams performed in the lab are:

  • Carotid Artery Duplex
  • Upper and Lower Extremity Arterial and Venous Testing
  • Imaging of the Aorta and Renal Arteries
  • Hemodialysis Access Imaging


In the 1990's Dr. John C. McDonald, then Chairman of the Department of Surgery, saw the need for a state-of-the-art Vascular Surgery Division. He also realized the importance of the non-invasive laboratory in the proper diagnosis of vascular disease and the post intervention follow up of the vascular patient. In 1998, the Department of Surgery Non-invasive Vascular Lab began operating full time. Since then there have been more than 20,000 non-invasive exams performed in the vascular lab.