For rapid, non-invasive assessment of Peripheral Arterial Disease, to prevent heart disease and stroke
For Medical Professionals
- Buerger's leg raise test , where a vascular expert inspects skin colour after raising the leg and,
- Leg raising Pole Test [2,3], where a vascular expert assesses pulse strength when the foot is raised
Optical Sensor Applied to Foot and Toe combined with postural test
VEWS® uses low power near infrared light to assess blood volume changes in the foot, before and after raising the leg. Multiple light wavelengths are used to monitor two sites simultaneously to perform blood volume and skin pallor assessment, without using pressure cuffs. The infrared light works equally well on dark or light coloured skin. The postural test compensates for irrelevant factors (such as skin thickness or pigmentation) by analyzing CHANGES in blood volume and skin pallor between positions.
The VEWS® methodology is based on detecting the impairment of the auto-regulation of leg blood flow that may accompany either a reduction in arterial compliance or an inability to compensate for orthostatic pressure changes.
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- Paraskevas N, Ayari R, Malikov S, Mollo M, Branchereau P, Hut F, Branchereau A, "'Pole test' measurements in critical leg ischaemia", Eur J Vasc Endovasc Surg. 2006 Mar;31(3):253-7 PUBMED
- Jachertz G, Stappler T, Do DD, Mahler F., The pole-pressure test: an easy alternative in patients with ischemic legs and incompressible arteries, Vasa. 2000 Feb;29(1):59-61 PUBMED