Varicose Veins and Vascular Ultrasound

If you suffer from varicose veins, your doctor may want to perform a vascular ultrasound. This is a non-invasive procedure that can be used to look at your veins and arteries. It can be used to detect blood clots, track the movement of blood through the body, find blockages, detect the source of varicose veins, and determine how severe they are. Often, doctors will use what is known as a Doppler ultrasound. This type of ultrasound can help detect the narrowing of blood vessels and blood clots.

An ultrasound is performed using a machine that consists of a computer with a video display and a hand-held transducer. The ultrasound technician moves the transducer over the patient’s skin in order to get a visual of what is going on in the veins and arteries below. The transducer sends out sound waves and records the echoes. The principle is very much like the way that sonar on a boat works.

You can have a vascular ultrasound performed at a number of outpatient medical centers in Cartersville. Be sure to wear loose and comfortable clothing. You may be asked to change into a gown for the procedure.

During the procedure, you should stay very still, since movement can make it difficult to read, and can slow down the exam. A clear, water-based gel will be applied to the area that will be scanned. For instance, if your doctor wants an image of your leg veins, the gel will be applied over your legs.

Results of the test can be viewed in real time, but, you may need to wait until your next doctor appointment to discuss them with your healthcare provider. The exam usually takes about 45 minutes.

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