Hammond-Henry Hospital

Segmental Blood Pressures

What is a Segmental Blood Pressure exam?

A segmental blood pressure exam helps your physician determine if you have an obstruction in the arterial system of your lower extremities, which can lead to pain and possible loss of pulse in that extremity. Both legs are checked to compare against each other.

What can I expect before the exam?

There is no preparation for the exam, but you will be asked:

  • to report 15 minutes early for registration
  • for your pertient medical history
  • to bring a complete list of your medications with you.
  • to remove your pants, socks and shoes. You will be given a hospital gown to put on. 

What can I expect during the exam?

A qualified technoloigst will be performing the test and:

  • will utilize ultrasound to obtain information. He/she will apply gel to a transducer and move the transducer up and down each leg and hip.
  • apply blood pressure cuffs to both legs in multiple locations. The technologist will also take your blood pressure in both arms. There will be slight pressure when the cuffs are inflated, but any discomfort will not last long.
  • may apply a probe to your big toe if the doctor requests toe pressures.
  • will reapply the blood pressure cuffs and retake the measurements if the physician asks you to walk in the hall for up to 10 minutes to see if any discomfort is reproducible. 

How long will the test take?

The test will take between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the procedures performed. 

What can I expect after the test?

You can return to your normal activities. The results will be forwarded to your physician, who will discuss them with you at a later date.


Hammond-Henry Hospital Cardiopulmonary Services 
600 North College Avenue
Geneseo, IL  61254
(309) 944-9169