In the past, diagnosis of vascular diseases relied mainly on clinical sense. A physician could, for example, detect an arterial pathology in the lower limb when signs of ischemia were clinically evident. However, the physician was unable to detect the true extent or exact location of the problem through clinical skills, and invasive angiography developed to accurately identify arterial problems.
After reviewing this article, the student should be able to:
- Explain the role of imaging in the assessment of vascular diseases.
- Define the imaging techniques used to diagnose vascular diseases.
- Identify the anatomy of the heart and surrounding vascular areas.