The UCSF Vascular Laboratories are a joint program of Vascular Surgery and Neurology that uses noninvasive procedures to confirm vascular conditions or identify the severity of a vascular disorder. Patients are examined using advanced ultrasound and other technologies, such as pulse volume recorders, that evaluate blood flow without injections and without pain. The lab also measures the success of treatments for vascular conditions.
The lab has two locations:
The Vascular Laboratory in the Ambulatory Care Center is open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Phone (415) 353-2357
Fax (415) 353-2669
Patients with the following conditions may be referred to one of the two labs for testing:
You'll need a referral from your primary care provider or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.
Vascular Laboratories at Parnassus
505 Parnassus Ave., Eighth Floor, Room M-830A
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1286
Fax: (415) 353-8706
Hours: Monday to Friday
9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
All studies performed in the laboratory are noninvasive, meaning they don't require any incisions or needles. In fact, many patients are so relaxed that they fall asleep during the test.
Ultrasound typically requires applying gel to the skin and applying a transducer — a device that converts energy into ultrasound — on the gel-covered areas to create images of blood vessels. Depending on the study, your test may take up to one hour.
This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.
The lab, equipped with state-of-the-art technology, offers a wide range of ultrasound procedures, including:
Public parking for an hourly fee at UCSF Medical Center is available in the seven-level Millberry Union Garage at 500 Parnassus Ave. There are two garage entrances — one on the north side of Parnassus Avenue and another on Irving Street, just east of Third Avenue.
Another garage with an hourly fee, at 350 Parnassus Ave., is open Monday to Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Metered street parking is rarely available.
Patients being admitted to the hospital may be dropped off at the circular driveway leading to the main entrance at 505 Parnassus Ave. This area also may be used to pick up patients who are being discharged.
For more information about parking at Parnassus, call Campus Parking Services at 476-2566.
Valet parking service is available at the Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) at 400 Parnassus Ave. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The valet service is free but patients must pay regular parking fees. For more information about the valet service, call (415) 476-6200.
A UCSF "greeter" also is available at the ACC from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist patients find their way.
UCSF Medical Center is accessible via Muni streetcar line N-Judah*, which stops at Second Avenue and Irving Street, and the following Muni bus lines, which stop in front of the hospital:
For more information about Muni visit, www.sfmuni.com.
* Wheelchair accessible bus routes