Following the formation of the Midwest Vascular Institute in 1993, the Midwest Vascular Institute Non-Invasive Vascular lab was established later in the year. The Vascular Lab is also affiliated with Hopedale Medical Complex, providing inpatient and emergency department patient testing when requested. The Vascular lab was started to provide the physicians participating at the Hopedale Medical Complex and Midwest Vascular Institute on-site diagnostic vascular ultrasound testing for their patients. Situated conveniently in Hopedale Hospital, quality testing services can be provided with a faster turnaround of results.
Midwest Vascular Institute established one of the first vascular laboratories in Central Illinois to receive accreditation for noninvasive scanning of the abdominal arteries and veins, and this ICAVL accredited laboratory utilizes only certified vascular technologists. Hopedale Medical Complex was also one of the first hospitals in the United States to combine an arteriography suite within the confines of an operating room in order to allow a combination of stenting and open surgical procedures to be done at the same sitting. Midwest Vascular Institute follows its patients with a comprehensive vascular registry to help them remain up-to-date and optimally treat their vascular disease.
In December, 2014, HMC completed a $1 million upgrade to the existing Hybrid Angiography Suite. The update allows physicians to whatever they need to do as far as interventions go, plus the necessary open surgical procedures without having to move a patient. The upgrade also allows for complicated open and closed vascular procedures. The benefit to the patient is that everything is done at one time by one person.
The Vascular Lab initially provided cerebrovascular (carotid) and peripheral vascular (arteries and veins of the extremities) ultrasound imaging. The lab quickly expanded to include renal artery duplex and other abdominal artery and vein imaging in 1999. In 2002, adult echocardiogram services were added as well as general radiology ultrasound services and abdominal ultrasound.
Since 1999, the Vascular Lab has been recognized as an accredited facility by the Inter-Societal Accreditation Commission (IAC.) Every three years the Vascular Lab undergoes a rigorous review of the medical and clinical staff, quality of the services provided, and all policies and procedures by the IAC to maintain accreditation. The recognition as an IAC accredited facility shows our commitment to providing excellent testing services to our community. It also lets our community know that we take pride in providing experienced vascular ultrasound, credentialed technologists, and Board Certified Vascular Surgeons; as well as having state of the art equipment available for testing and procedures.
Midwest Vascular Institute Physicians and Technologists
Trista graduated from Bloomington-Normal School of Radiology in 1992. In 1993, she attended the Institute of Ultrasound Diagnostics in Mobile, Alabama, where she graduated at the top of her class with a 4.0 GPA. Trista received additional training in Seattle, Washington and in Irving, Texas and she attained her Abdominal and Obstetrics/Gynecological ultrasound certification in 1993. Trista spent the first eleven years of her ultrasound career in a hospital setting in Bloomington, Illinois and Eureka, Illinois. She then performed ultrasound exams for two private practices in Peoria, Illinois for the next eighteen years. She came to HMC in early 2020.
Beginning her vascular technologist career in 2006, Julie Davis worked for over 15 years completing non-invasive vascular ultrasound in central Illinois with Advanced Mobile Diagnostics. She achieved board certification as a Registered Vascular Technologist in 2008 and is credentialed in: cerebrovascular, peripheral vascular and visceral (abdominal) vascular testing. Julie attended Illinois Central College receiving an associate degree in Medical Assisting and a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Management. Along with her 15 years at Advanced Mobile Diagnostics, Julie had a second career as an instructor at Midstate College in Peoria, IL from 2015 to 2018. She currently teaches phlebotomy part-time at Spoon River College in Canton, IL while working full-time here at Hopedale Medical Complex.
Vascular Testing Services
- Carotid Duplex
- Peripheral Venous Duplex
- Peripheral Arterial Duplex
- Renal Artery Duplex
- Mesenteric Artery Duplex
- Abdominal Venous Duplex
- Venous Reflux Study
- Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
- Ankle/Brachial Index
- Treadmill Exercise Test
- Abdomen Ultrasound
- Gallbladder Ultrasound
- Kidney Ultrasound
- Pelvic, including intra-cavity, Ultrasound
- Thyroid Ultrasound
- Testicular Ultrasound
Health & Wellness Screens
- Stroke Screen
- Used to evaluate plaque buildup in the carotid arteries located on each side of the neck. Stroke screens are performed using ultrasound technology to directly image the vessel and measure the blood flow velocity to determine if there is narrowing of the carotid artery restricting blood flow to the brain.
- AAA Screen (Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm)
- Uses ultrasound technology to measure the size of the abdominal aorta to determine if the vessel is enlarged. If enlarged, it is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm or AAA. This is a potentially life-threatening condition if not treated. AAA is commonly referred to as a "silent killer" because there are usually no symptoms prior to a rupture of the vessel.
- PAD Screen (Peripheral Artery Disease)
- Uses simple blood pressure measurements at the arm and the ankle to evaluate blood flow in the leg arteries. Significant blockages in a leg artery can cause pain in the left leg after a short distance of walking.
If you have one or more of the following risk factors and have not had testing previously for carotid artery disease, abdominal aortic aneurysm, or peripheral vascular disease of the legs, you may be eligible for one or more of the FREE on-time Vascular screenings.
- High Blood Pressure
- Tobacco use
- Family history of aneurysms
- Age 50+
- Family history of vascular or heart disease
- African American
For more information on the Non-Invasive Vascular Lab at Hopedale Medical Complex, or to schedule a screening, call 309.449.4226
For more information on Stroke prevention, education, and life after a stroke visit www.strokeassociation.org.
For more information on heart health visit www.heart.org .