If you’re at risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or other vein-related health problems, a vein ultrasound can provide key information to guide your treatment and improve your quality of life. At Fox Valley Vein Centers, with three convenient locations in Sandwich, Yorkville, and Aurora, Illinois, vein specialist James Hawkins, DO, and the team perform vein ultrasounds on-site. To schedule an appointment, call the nearest office or book a consultation online today.
A vein ultrasound is an imaging procedure used to diagnose blood clots, leg swelling, or varicose veins. It’s also used to guide placement of needles or catheters and map out veins in your arms or legs that are at risk of becoming clogged.
Vein ultrasounds are pain-free and completely non-invasive. There’s no downtime required, meaning you can return to your normal routine at the end of your appointment.
A vein ultrasound provides several advantages compared to other diagnostic imaging techniques, including:
Vein ultrasound is also unique in that it provides clear pictures of the soft tissues in your body — something that traditional X-ray technology isn’t capable of.
Ultrasound imaging uses soundwaves to take pictures of the inside of your body. During treatment, your Fox Valley Vein Centers provider places a small probe, called a transducer, directly on your skin.
The transducer emits sound waves that penetrate your skin and bounce back. A computer translates these waves into images and displays them on a screen. Vein ultrasounds don’t use radiation, making it safe for all types of people, including pregnant women.
On the day of your vein ultrasound appointment, be sure to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothing. Depending on the area of your body being scanned, you might also need to change into a gown.
After changing, you lie face-up on an exam table. Then, your provider applies a clear, water-based gel to your skin. Your provider places the transducer on top of the gel and slowly moves it side-to-side and up-and-down. Sound waves bounce off the veins and arteries in your body, producing an image.
A vein ultrasound usually takes 30-45 minutes. Once the imaging process is complete, your provider reviews the images.
Only a qualified vein specialist can determine if you’re a good candidate for a vein ultrasound. Following a physical exam and review of your medical history, your Fox Valley Vein Centers provider can make recommendations for diagnosis and treatment.
To explore vein ultrasounds further, schedule an appointment at Fox Valley Vein Centers. Call the nearest office or book a consultation online today.