6408 Papermill Drive
Suite 200
Knoxville 37919

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1819 Clinch Avenue, Suite 200
Knoxville, TN 37916

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7557A Dannaher Drive, Suite 110
Powell, TN 37849


9430 Park West Boulevard,
Suite 310
Knoxville, TN 37923


Imaging Services

Premier Surgical offers ultrasound technology to help screen, diagnose and treat various vascular issues.


Ultrasound is a safe, painless imaging technology that uses sound waves, not radiation, toLinear ultrasound probe with vascular doppler exam in background produce real time images that show the structure and movement of blood flow throughout the body. Doppler ultrasound scans visualize blood flow through blood vessels and major arteries, enabling physicians to identify and pinpoint blockages, blood clots and abnormalities. Ultrasound also aids physicians in planning effective treatment by assessing the size and condition of blood vessels.

As a non-invasive, inexpensive, and widely available technology, ultrasound has become a primary diagnostic tool. The fact that ultrasound equipment is often portable, and is a safe, painless test, makes it particularly valuable in screening at-risk patients for peripheral arterial, carotid disease, venous insufficiency, aneurysms, and a host of other vascular issues. The future is bright for ultrasound as new advances in technology allow it to be come a three-dimensional tool aiding in the diagnosis of vascular disease.

What to expect during your Ultrasound exam
  • You should wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing for your ultrasound exam. You may need to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.
  • You may be asked to wear a gown and will be awake and alert during the procedure.
  • If your abdominal vessels are being examined, unless the examination is performed on an urgent basis, you may be asked to fast before your ultrasound study.
  • You will be asked to lie down for the test.
  • During your procedure, a clear, water-based gel will be applied to your skin on the area to be examined. The gel helps with the transmission of the sound waves.
  • The ultrasound technologist will move a handheld device called a transducer over the area of your body being examined.
  • An ultrasound exam normally takes between 30 minutes and an hour.

Despite its’ benefits, vascular ultrasound does have some limitations. Smaller and deeper vessels can be more difficult to evaluate and image with vascular ultrasound. In some cases, ultrasound cannot differentiate between an occluded blood vessel and one that is significantly narrowed. Calcifications may also obstruct the ultrasound beam. In those cases, other imaging tests such as Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA), or CT Angiogram may be necessary.

Surgical Specialties

Our surgeons have specialized skills and knowledge in diverse areas. We are equipped to provide patients with the best options for comprehensive, state-of-the-art care.