If you have the symptoms or signs of venous disease, you may need a venous ultrasound test to determine if you have a blood clot, a deep vein obstruction, or malfunctioning valves in the veins. William H. Davis, MD, FACS, and the team at Douglas Vascular Center in Douglas, Georgia, are one of the few vein-centered practices in the area that provides ultrasound to examine not just leg veins, but the deep veins in the pelvis, too. To get the answers you need about your leg pain or other leg symptoms, contact the vein experts at Douglas Vascular Center by phone or online form.
Venous ultrasound is a diagnostic tool that your vein expert at Douglas Vascular Center uses to determine if you have a blood clot in your veins. Ultrasound is a non-invasive test, which uses no needles or radiation. The test allows your doctor to look at veins in the legs and pelvis. A clot in your deep veins is known as deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Your vascular surgeon also uses venous ultrasound to map your veins when planning a procedure, such as determining which vein may require ablation or the best place for a dialysis access. When conducting a vein treatment — such as angioplasty or stenting to open a narrowed vein — your surgeon uses intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging to decide if a vein needs stenting and to size venous stents.
Ultrasound bounces sound waves off the structures that your doctor wants to evaluate, including deep veins. If you’re undergoing an ultrasound test, your technician passes a small, hand-held device called a transducer over the area to be examined. The transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves through your tissues and then picks up the echoes that occur as the waves reflect from arteries, veins, and other structures.
The ultrasound echoes are translated into a real-time, moving image that your doctor views on a monitor. The monitor shows your vein expert how well your blood flows through your vessels and identifies areas of narrowing, venous valve malfunction, blockages, or clots.
A diagnostic venous ultrasound is non-invasive, safe, and completely pain-free. You lie on a treatment table or stand on a supported platform; your technician applies a special gel over the area to be tested. The gel helps conduct the sound waves so your doctor can visualize what’s going on in your veins.
Venous ultrasound doesn’t use radiation and requires no contrast dye injections. Ultrasound creates real-time moving images of your veins, and this measures backward-and-forward blood flow better than X-rays do. Your doctor can use ultrasound to visualize any of the veins that run from your pelvis, through your thigh, down to your calf.
If you have leg pain or venous disease, or you’re having trouble with dialysis access, contact the team at Douglas Vascular Center today about venous ultrasound. Call the helpful office staff or use the online form.