A diagnostic vascular ultrasound can help you and your physician measure and evaluate blood flow within your vessels using a real-time image on a screen. At Goldman Vein Institute in Jupiter and Wellington, Florida, board-certified vascular specialists Saluja Varghese-Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, Alexander Goldman, MD, RVT, RPVI, and their team perform diagnostic vascular ultrasounds to diagnose various types of venous insufficiency. For more information on the procedure, call Goldman Vein Institute or book an appointment online today.
A diagnostic vascular ultrasound is an imaging test that the team at Goldman Vein Institute often uses to diagnose various forms of varicose veins and venous insufficiency.
Like other ultrasound imaging tests, a diagnostic vascular ultrasound emits sound waves that you can’t hear. They go through your tissues and bounce off certain structures, like blood vessels and blockages within them. This creates a black and white image on a screen that you and your ultrasound technician can watch in real-time.
A diagnostic vascular ultrasound also shows the blood flowing through your vessels. The team at Goldman Vein Institute calculates the speed of your blood cells as they flow.
The team at Goldman Vein Institute might recommend a diagnostic vascular ultrasound for one of several purposes. If you have symptoms of some type of venous insufficiency, they might recommend a diagnostic vascular ultrasound to measure:
A diagnostic vascular ultrasound can help the Goldman Vein Institute team diagnose atherosclerosis, aneurysms, varicose veins, inflammatory conditions, and more.
Diagnostic vascular ultrasounds require no special preparation on your part. Before the test, the team asks you to remove any jewelry and may ask that you change into a loose-fitting gown for easier access to your extremities.
When you arrive at Goldman Vein Institute for your diagnostic vascular ultrasound, you’ll lay down on an examination table. Your provider applies gel to your skin in the area that they’ll examine using the ultrasound. The gel allows the ultrasound device to glide smoothly across your skin and create a clear image on the screen.
Your provider might also ask you to stand upright for part of the test. The ultrasound technologists on staff at Goldman Vein Institute specialize in upright venous mapping to measure your blood flow as it works against gravity.
Using the handheld device, your provider places pressure on the examination area of your arm or leg. They record information about your blood flow as they watch on a screen. Once the test is finished, they clean your skin to remove the gel.
A diagnostic vascular ultrasound can provide lots of valuable information about your veins and blood flow. To find out if it can aid in your diagnosis or treatment, call Goldman Vein Institute or book a consultation online today.