Vascular Ultrasound

When trying to determine the proper vein removal treatment option, it’s important to be able to determine the cause of your varicose veins or spider veins. Dr. John T. Perry at Vein Center of Northwest Georgia has extensive experience using venous ultrasound to evaluate varicose veins and other vein problems.

What Is a Venous Ultrasound?

A venous ultrasound, or vascular ultrasound, provides a picture of the structure of the veins in the body. Using a Doppler ultrasound as part of the venous ultrasound exam, physicians can also examine how the blood is flowing through those veins. Images of the veins are created using high-frequency sound waves instead of ionizing radiation, which is used in x-rays. Vascular ultrasounds are noninvasive medical exams used primarily for diagnostic purposes.

A vascular ultrasound can be used to:

  • Search for blood clots, especially in the legs
  • Determine the cause of persistent leg swelling
  • Help determine which valves are causing varicose veins
  • Aid in the placement of a needle or catheter into a vein blockages to blood flow (such as clots)

In some cases, vascular ultrasounds are used in conjunction with varicose vein removal therapies.

Is a Vascular Ultrasound Safe?

When used for diagnostic testing, a venous ultrasound is completely noninvasive and painless. They are often more widely available and less expensive than other diagnostic procedures and they do not require any ionizing radiation. A Doppler ultrasound will give a clearer picture of soft tissues that may not show up well on an x-ray image. A typical vascular ultrasound will have no known harmful effects.

During a vascular ultrasound test, you will usually be asked to lie down face-up on an exam table. A clear gel will be applied to the area that’s being examined. This gel ensures that the transducer makes secure contact with the body and eliminates air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The transducer will then be pressed firmly against the skin in various locations, often being rubbed over the area of interest repeatedly to create a better image of the area. The gel can be wiped away as soon as an adequate image has been captured. A vascular ultrasound requires no recovery time.

An experienced physician like Dr. John T. Perry will be able to use the images created during the vascular ultrasound exam to evaluate the structure of and blood flow in the veins in your legs. This will help determine the cause of your varicose veins and which treatment options are most appropriate for you. We encourage you to contact us today for more information and scheduling.