At The Vein Clinic, we utilize venous ultrasound to provide images of the veins. This is helpful when looking for blood clots in the legs with deep vein thrombosis, or when guiding a catheter into a varicose vein for radiofrequency ablation. Here’s how venous ultrasound works.
What Is Venous Ultrasound?
You’ve likely heard of ultrasound used in conjunction with pregnancy. Ultrasound uses sound waves to produce live images of the fetus when in development. The process is no different with venous ultrasound. High-frequency sound waves are used to give Dr. Reynolds and our team a view of the condition of the veins throughout the body. We focus on the legs, and that is where we use venous ultrasound.
How Does Venous Ultrasound Work?
Ultrasound imaging involves the use of a small transducer or handpiece. Ultrasound gel is placed on the skin and the transducer is then placed directly on the skin. The transducer transmits high-frequency sound waves through the gel into the body. The transducer collects the sounds that bounce back and a computer then makes sense of those sound waves and creates an image. These images are captured in real-time, meaning they can show blood flowing through the vessels we are examining.
Unlike the ionizing radiation used to create x-rays, sound waves do not have any radiation. The body is not affected in any way by sound wave energy, so there is no risk of radiation exposure. Venous ultrasound has no risks and no side effects.
What Does a Venous Ultrasound Detect?
At The Vein Clinic, our most common use for venous ultrasound is to search for blood clots in the legs. These clots are a result of a condition known as deep vein thrombosis. They are dangerous because a clot in the legs can break off and pass into the lungs, which can cause a pulmonary embolism. By using ultrasound, we can address the blood clot in the legs before it is able to break loose.
These are other uses of venous ultrasound:
- To find the causes of leg swelling, as evidenced by the repeated formation of varicose veins. Through ultrasound, we can find the damaged vein valves that are allowing backflow
- To provide guidance for the placement of a catheter into a vein for radiofrequency ablation and foam sclerotherapy.
- To map out the veins to find pieces that may be used to bypass a narrowed or blocked blood vessel.
What People Are Saying About The Vein Clinic
“I am very satisfied with my experience with the care and attention I received at The Vein Clinic. Some of the nicest and most caring nurses, and Dr. Reynolds is great. I would tell anyone to come see everyone here, great care, and great results. Dr. Reynolds, thank you so much for the great care; you have a great staff. Great results, thank you!” – S.D.
“Dr. Reynolds is a very professional and personable doctor. He takes the time to explain his diagnosis and each part of the procedure – ensuring your comfort the entire time. I would strongly recommend Dr. Reynolds for anyone with a vascular disorder and couldn’t be more pleased with the results thus far.” – S.D.O.
What Happens During A Venous Ultrasound?
The concept behind ultrasound is to take sound waves and send them out and note what they bounce back off of. This is what allows bats to fly at night and fishermen to find schools of fish in the water where they cannot be visually seen.
For your venous ultrasound, you’ll come into The Vein Clinic and will be placed on the exam table. We apply warm water-based gel to your legs and then the transducer is placed firmly against the skin in that area. The transducer is moved back and forth over the areas we are examining until the desired images are captured. This is painless for the patient.
Dr. Reynolds then examines your ultrasound images and shares what he finds with you.
How Long Will My Venous Ultrasound Take?
This is not an involved process. Venous ultrasounds take just 30-45 minutes or so.
How Soon Will I See The Results From My Ultrasound?
In most cases, Dr. Reynolds examines your ultrasound immediately and discusses what he finds with you.
What Are The Benefits Of Using Ultrasound Versus Other Diagnostic Tools?
Venous ultrasound is a great diagnostic tool. It has no risks or harmful effects on humans. Here are some reasons we love this diagnostic tool:
- Ultrasound is noninvasive, no needles or injections are required.
- Ultrasound is painless.
- Ultrasound is easy-to-use and less expensive than CT scans and the like.
- Ultrasound images are superior to x-rays for seeing soft tissues, such as veins.
- Ultrasound provides real-time images, so we can see blood flowing through the veins in question.
- Venous ultrasound allows us to see blood clots in the legs before they dislodge
Additional Patient Testimonials
“I have been extremely impressed with Dr. Reynolds and his staff throughout my treatment and procedure associated with my varicose veins. Dr. Reynolds is absolutely top notch. Not only is he an excellent physician, he has a wonderful bedside manner and shows genuine care and concern for his patients. Thank you Dr. Reynolds and staff for going above and beyond my expectations.” – K.Z.A.
Schedule A Consultation
Our team at The Vein Clinic will educate you about the treatments available and provide the best plan. To learn more about Venous Ultrasound, call (803) 253-8667 to schedule a consultation at our office in Columbia, SC.