Bennett, Gooch Join Screening Staff At Vascular Institute Of Chattanooga

Thursday, September 6, 2018
Sarah Gooch
Sarah Gooch

Vascular Institute of Chattanooga (VIC) announces the addition of Chad Bennett and Sarah Gooch as Registered Vascular Technologists (RVTs) to the staff.


The addition of Mr. Bennett and Ms. Gooch will bring VIC to six RVTs on staff. They will join Tina Creek, Will Russell, Linda Tallent, and Karena Gubaci.


RVTs assist physicians in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide variety of disorders affecting the vascular system.

 Vascular technologists perform non-invasive vascular exams in order to assess for vascular disease or disorders. Most are performed via ultrasound.


An ultrasound is a non-invasive diagnostic test, not requiring the use of anesthesia or needles, to examine the circulation of blood vessels (arteries and veins) within the body and identify potential issues.  It is especially important if you have any of the Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) risk factors, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, family history or smoking.  

During an ultrasound, high frequency sound waves, or ultrasound waves, are bounced off tissues in the body by using a special device, and are then reflected back to the ultrasound machine.  These sound waves are then converted into an image and displayed on the computer screen. The technologist evaluates blood flow through the vessel, looking for narrowed areas (blockages) in the arteries and blood clots in the veins.  


“We are excited to welcome Chad and Sarah to our staff,” said Dr. Chris LeSar, VIC’s founding physician and vascular surgeon.  “At VIC, our vascular lab participates in voluntary accreditation through the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) which means we are able to demonstrate a higher level of patient care, leading to better outcomes for our patients.”


New patients are currently being accepted. Appointments can be made by calling 423.602.2750.


Vascular Institute of Chattanooga, at 2358 Lifestyle Way #100, opened in 2016. Its mission is to provide exceptional care by a passionate team of medical professionals. Primary services offered are clinical evaluation of patients with PAD, vascular and endovascular procedures, wound care services, ultrasound diagnostic services and screenings, and EVLT vein therapy.

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