Vascular Ultrasound Procedure

A vascular ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves to show images of the vascular system inside the body. A Doppler ultrasound uses this technology to examine blood flow to the arms and legs through the veins and arteries and can diagnose venous insufficiency, or spider veins.

In order to examine the performance of the veins, a water-soluble gel is put onto a transducer, which is a handheld device that transmits the sound waves to the vein being examined. To examine the performance of the arteries, a blood pressure cuff is put around the arm or leg. After a paste is applied to the skin, an image is created as a transducer is moved across the artery.

Aside from the cold gel or paste, there is no discomfort or pain from the procedure, and there are not any health risks associated with it. The only preparation needed before the vascular ultrasound is to remove clothing from the arm or leg that is being examined for the gel or paste to be applied.

During the vascular ultrasound procedure, the technologist will be looking for signs of vein narrowing or closure as well as blocked arteries from blood clots. Vein narrowing can lead to spider veins. The symptoms of this can include aching, a heavy feeling in the legs, itching, tingling, swelling and a change in these symptoms when standing or with leg elevation.

Surgery for spider veins treatment may be recommended if you have leg pain, skin ulcers from inadequate blood flow or thickening of the skin on the legs. Speak with your vein specialist about spider veins treatment in Georgia if you have any of these complaints.

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