Ultrasound Evaluation - Duplex Ultrasound

Dr. Oblonsky interprets the ultrasound results at the time of the examination and will go over the results at the end of the examination.

What is Venous Ultrasound Imaging

Ultrasound imaging, also called ultrasound scanning or sonography, involves exposing part of the body to high-frequency sound waves to produce pictures of the inside of the body. Ultrasound exams do not use ionizing radiation (as used in x-rays). Because ultrasound images are captured in real-time, they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels.

Ultrasound imaging is a noninvasive medical test that helps physicians diagnose and treat medical conditions.

Venous ultrasound provides pictures of the veins throughout the body.

A Doppler ultrasound study may be part of a venous ultrasound examination

A duplex ultrasound is a test to see how blood moves through your arteries and veins.

How the Test is Performed

You may need to wear a medical gown. You will lie down on a table and often stand on a box, and the ultrasound technician will spread a gel over the area being tested. The gel helps the sound waves get into your tissues.

A wand, called a transducer, is moved over the area being tested. This wand sends out the sound waves.

You need to stay still during the exam. You may be asked to lie in different body positions, or to take a deep breath and hold it.

A computer measures how the sound waves reflect back, and changes the sound waves into pictures. The Doppler creates a "swishing" sound, which is the sound of your blood moving through the arteries and veins.

How to Prepare for the Test

Usually, there is no preparation for a duplex ultrasound.

If you are having an ultrasound of your stomach area, you may be asked not to eat or drink after midnight. Tell the person doing the ultrasound exam if you are taking any medicines, such as blood thinners, that might affect the results of the test.

Why the Test is Performed

A duplex ultrasound can help diagnose the following conditions:

  • Varicose veins
  • Venous insufficiency
  • Blood clot
  • Normal Results

An abnormal result depends on the specific area being examined. An abnormal result may be due to a blood clot or blood flowing in the wrong direction causing varicose veins and leading to venous insufficiency.

Risks

There are no risks.

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