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, 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:
A diagnostic vascular ultrasound can help the Goldman Vein Institute team diagnose venous insufficiency, varicose veins, phlebitis, blood clots, and more.
How should I prepare for a diagnostic vascular ultrasound?
Diagnostic vascular ultrasounds require no special preparation on your part. Before the test, be sure to eat a good meal and make sure that you are adequately hydrated. You should be prepared to stand for 30 minutes.
When you arrive at Goldman Vein Institute for your diagnostic vascular ultrasound, you will be expected to stand for 30 minutes during the test. 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.
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.