Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, is a safe, painless examination that uses sound waves to capture images of the inside of the body. Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they may be used to study the structure and movement of the body’s internal organs, as well as blood flowing through the blood vessels.
Ultrasound imaging involves the use of a small transducer (probe) and ultrasound gel placed directly on the skin. High-frequency sound waves are transmitted from the probe through the gel and into the body. These sound waves bounce back, and a computer then converts them into moving images that are displayed on a monitor.
Prior to receiving your treatment plan, a detailed vein mapping duplex ultrasound will be performed at your initial consultation to determine the source and extent of disease, and how best to treat your varicose veins.
Follow up ultrasounds are then performed after treatment(s) to assure that they are successful.
Before Arriving for Your Exam
For your initial new patient duplex ultrasound, we ask that you refrain from drinking caffeine prior to that exam. Generally, your follow up ultrasound procedures will require little to no special preparation.
During Your Exam
During your ultrasound, you will be positioned, usually face-up, on an exam table. A sonographer (ultrasound technician) will apply a clear gel to the area of the body under examination. They will then begin the scan by pressing a transducer—a device that sends and receives sound waves—against the gel-coated skin, gently moving it around the targeted region. The ultrasound images will be displayed and viewed in real-time on a video monitor.
After Your Exam
You may be asked to wait while your images are interpreted.