Venous Insufficiency Ultrasound
A venous insufficiency ultrasound is a non-invasive imaging procedure that uses high-frequency sound waves to produces images of the veins in your legs. A venous insufficiency ultrasound is used to diagnose reflux in the veins. Venous reflux occurs when there is impaired return of blood from the veins in the legs and feet. This can cause symptoms such as swollen legs, varicose veins, skin breakdown, or ulcers.
- Pre-procedure Instructions
Make sure to take your normal daily medications on the day of your exam. Don’t use lotions, powders, or oils on your legs on the day of your exam. Make sure to wear a top and pants because you will need to remove your pants.
- During the Ultrasound
You will be asked to lie on your back. The exam table may be tilted with you head higher than your legs, and you may be asked to stand for a portion of the exam. Gel will be applied to each of your legs, and an ultrasound transducer (a small, hand-held wand) will be rubbed on your skin in order to obtain images of your blood vessels. You may be asked to change positions in order to obtain images of each vein. The technician will press the transducer on your legs and will squeeze your legs. This may cause a slight discomfort for some patients. A venous insufficiency ultrasound usually takes 60-75 minutes to complete.
- Post Procedure
After your test is complete, you can wipe the gel off and return to regular routine. Before you leave the office, you will be scheduled to receive your results from your physician.