When you visit our King of Prussia vein treatment center, our vein doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam and discuss your medical history to help diagnose your vein disease and recommend the best vein treatment procedure. In addition, we often use duplex ultrasound equipment to view the details of your circulation, vein health and pinpoint any vein problems. Ultrasound not only helps your vein doctor diagnose your condition, it can also help guide treatment. For instance, the ultrasound can help the vascular surgeon decide the most effective spot(s) to use for the tiny incisions or skin punctures needed for EVLT (endovenous laser treatment) for varicose veins.
Ultrasound Testing Methods Used by Your Vascular Surgeon
Common vascular lab testing methods we use include:
- Venous duplex ultrasound: Helps to locate the cause of pain or swelling in lower legs and identify blood clots or serious deep vein thrombosis or DVT. (Undiscovered DVTs can be life-threatening if they break free and travel to the lungs.)
- Carotid duplex ultrasound: Evaluates arteries in the neck to determine if they have narrowed due to arterial plaque buildup, which is a risk for stroke.
- Venous reflux studies: Allow the vascular surgeon to view the large saphenous veins in your legs and evaluate the valve function. We can locate leaking valves and plan varicose vein treatment with this test.
How Does Ultrasound Testing Work?
Ultrasound uses sound waves to map out blood flow in the body. The reflection of the sound waves provides and records a moving picture that shows the amount of blood flow, speed and more. No advance patient preparation is typically needed to undergo ultrasound with your vascular surgeon. You simply lay comfortably on the exam table while a handheld device bounces sound waves off your body. (Gel may be applied to the focus areas on your legs or body to allow the ultrasound device to move freely over your skin.) You may hear the sound of your blood rushing through your veins, which is a whoosh sound. The actual ultrasound exam takes only about 15 minutes.
If you have varicose veins, spider veins, leg pain or other vein disease and are concerned about your vein health, make an appointment with the Vascular Medicine Center in King of Prussia, PA. Contact us today.