When you’re worried about painful varicose veins or a potentially serious blood clot deep in your leg, you can get an immediate and accurate diagnosis with venous duplex ultrasound. Hampton Vein & Vascular offers this diagnostic ultrasound in the office, typically during your first visit so you can start treatment as soon as possible. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Westfield or Rutherford, New Jersey, or use the online booking feature.
All types of ultrasound use sound waves to create detailed images of the structures inside your body. A device called a transducer sends sound waves safely through your skin and into your body. As the sound waves reach organs and tissues, they bounce back to the transducer like an echo. Then the transducer sends the information to a computer that translates it into an image.
When your Hampton Vein & Vascular provider performs a venous duplex ultrasound, they use Doppler ultrasound to look at blood flow through your legs. When they direct the sound waves through your legs, they bounce off red blood cells, producing a real-time image of blood movement.
Using venous duplex ultrasound, your provider can determine the size and location of superficial and deep veins, evaluate varicose veins, and identify areas where the veins are abnormal and refluxing. Ultrasound also reveals problems in deep veins, allowing your provider to identify blockages due to a blood clot and accurately diagnose deep vein thrombosis.
You relax on a table, then your sonographer places an ultrasound gel on your skin. The gel creates a bond with the transducer, eliminating air pockets between the transducer and your skin that could block sound waves from passing into your body.
Your sonographer places the transducer on your skin at targeted locations, sweeping the ultrasound over your skin in areas where they want to examine blood flow. During your venous duplex ultrasound, you may be able to hear the pulse-like sound of blood flowing through your veins.
The entire exam only takes about 30-45 minutes. When finished, your doctor reviews the images, talks with you about the results, and determines the best treatment for any problems discovered during the ultrasound.
Ultrasound is safe because there is no exposure to radiation. The procedure is also noninvasive, so you don’t need to worry about needles, injections, or incisions. It’s conveniently performed at Hampton Vein & Vascular during your initial appointment. And most importantly, it’s the gold standard for obtaining a quick and accurate diagnosis of potential vein problems.
If you’re unhappy about varicose veins or worried about symptoms like leg pain or swelling, on-site ultrasound at Hampton Vein & Vascular can accurately diagnose the problem -- call the office or schedule an appointment online today.