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Pulse Volume Recording Tests

Pulse Volume Recording Tests

At 14 Street Medical Arts (332 East 14 St. New York, NY 10003) , West 14 Street Medical Arts (110 West 14 st. New York, NY 10011),  Columbus Medical Arts (912 Columbus Ave , New York, NY 10025 ) our doctors and medical professionals are using a set of diagnostic techniques and PVR machine to diagnose and treat patients.

What is a pulse volume recording (PVR) study?

A PVR study is a noninvasive vascular test in which blood pressure cuffs and a hand-held ultrasound device (called a Doppler or transducer) are used to obtain information about arterial blood flow in the arms and legs. Noninvasive means the procedure does not require the use of needles, dyes, radiation or anesthesia. The blood pressure cuffs and Doppler are used to determine the presence, severity and general location of peripheral arterial occlusive disease. A PVR may also be called a vascular study or Doppler segmental pressure study

Why do I need this test?

Your physician has recommended that you have this test to evaluate the blood flow in your arms and legs. This test is used to evaluate the presence of peripheral arterial disease.

How long is the test?

The test takes 30 to 90 minutes to complete. Please plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment to complete the registration process.

Before the Test

  • Please do not bring valuables such as jewelry and credit cards.
  • Do not smoke or participate in strenuous activities for 24 hours before the test.
  • You may take your usual medications.
  • There are no special dietary guidelines; you may eat and drink as you normally would.
  • You will be asked to change into a hospital gown and remove all jewelry.

During the Test

Your vascular test is performed by specially trained technologists and interpreted by a vascular medicine physician. You will lie on a padded examining table during the test. You may walk on a treadmill for part of the test, depending on the type of test that has been ordered. Several blood pressure cuffs are placed on various parts of your arms and legs, depending on the area being examined. A small amount of water-soluble gel is applied to the skin over the area to be examined. The gel does not harm your skin or stain your clothes.

The blood pressure cuffs are inflated, while a small device called a transducer or Doppler is held in place on the skin’s surface until the blood flow information has been recorded. The Doppler transmits sound waves through the tissues of the area being examined. These sound waves reflect off blood cells moving within the blood vessels, allowing the reading physician to calculate their speed. The sound waves are recorded and displayed on a computer screen. You may experience mild discomfort while the blood pressure cuffs are inflated.

After the Test

The gel will be wiped off your skin. You may go home or to your other scheduled appointments after the test. There are no activity restrictions after the test.

If you feel unwell or have any of the following symptoms, Don’t hesitate to stop by our offices or give us a call (212) 481-33333 or book appointment online at and get yourself checked.

We accept all major insurances such as: Medicaid, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Aetna, GHI, United Healthcare, HealthFirst, MetroPlus, Fidelis, Affinity, Wellcare, and others.

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Call our offices at: (212)481-3333

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