Venous Ultrasound Test

Unlike the anatomy of your arteries, which is consistent in just about everyone, the anatomy of your superficial veins (veins that are just under your skin) vary greatly from person to person. Though it is usually easy to diagnose varicose and spider veins, visually, often we will do a venous ultrasound in order to get a clearer picture of the underlying problem.

During a venous ultrasound, a wand-like device is skimmed over the surface of the leg. This device produces a visual “map” of your superficial and deep veins. We also use Doppler ultrasound to map the flow of blood within the veins. Using the information from the ultrasound, we can provide the optimum therapy for your particular problem.

Venous Ultrasound Testing is a painless and safe test that takes about 30-45 minutes, and requires no advanced preparation. Most patients experience no side-effects or any discomfort from this procedure.

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What's the difference between how a healthy vein works and a vein needing repair?
As your leg muscles squeeze, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. The Venous Ultrasound test maps the problem areas so that the doctor can see how to proceed with treatment.

Test details and preparation instructions

Preparation: No restriction of food, liquid or medications prior to the test. Often this test can be done at the time of your first visit with us.

Background: A venous ultrasound study is a non-invasive test used to detect the presence of dilated veins, venous reflux and/or deep vein thrombosis (clots). Usual indications for the test include varicose veins, swelling, pain or aching of the legs. During the test an ultrasound probe is used to image the veins. Compression of the calf is also performed to measure the direction of blood flow in the veins. Part of the test will be performed lying down and part of the test will be performed standing.

Why Am I Taking This Test? Your doctor has ordered this test to detect the presence of dilated veins with abnormal blood flow.