Arterial And Venous Ultrasound

Jane Smith, MD -  - Phlebologist

VeinCare of Central North Carolina

Jane Smith, MD

Phlebologist & Internist located in Raleigh, NC

An ultrasound uses sound waves to view the internal structures of your body. Dr. Jane Smith uses a particular type of ultrasound to map out the individual’s vein structure and to assess the direction of flow of blood through the vein system. In Raleigh, North Carolina, a registered vascular technologist uses state of the art equipment to produce a map of your unique vein system. At VeinCare of Central North Carolina, Dr. Smith uses this ultrasound map to illustrate each patient’s vein system, any problems with it, then uses that map to create a treatment plan.

Arterial and Venous Ultrasound Q & A

What is an ultrasound?

An ultrasound uses sound waves at a high frequency that are inaudible to the human ear. These sound waves are used to view the internal structures of your body-including veins and arteries. While ultrasound is best known for its use in pregnancy, it’s also a medical test that’s performed by an ultrasound technologist to capture live images of tissue structures.

VeinCare of Central North Carolina uses Color Flow Duplex Ultrasound, a unique type of ultrasound which allows a vascular technologist to see your blood vessels and observe how your blood flows through them.

This advanced technology gives Dr. Smith the information she needs to analyze your veins, assess your problems, and develop a treatment plan. It’s a crucial diagnostic test that can be used to assess the direction of blood flow, the health of your veins, and monitor the response of your veins to treatment.

What is ultrasound vein mapping?

Ultrasound vein mapping is the specific process of using ultrasound technology to view vein anatomy and blood flow patterns. A registered vascular technologist (RVT) at VeinCare of Central North Carolina will conduct your ultrasound mapping exam. Dr. Smith will then use this map to analyze any structural problems in your veins and the dynamics of your vein circulation.

This diagnostic test displays your system of vessels and allows Dr. Smith to understand what’s happening with them. As the patient undergoes the series of treatments, an ultrasound is repeated after each treatment to track the progress.

Each ultrasound is compared to the previous ultrasound to assess the response of the abnormal blood vessels to the prior treatment. This process continues until the veins have been treated adequately.

When Dr. Smith treats varicose veins, she always uses ultrasound. Doing so allows her to visualize the veins to ensure that the injections and laser treatments are done with precision and with the ultimate safety.

Everything occurs in-office, where Dr. Smith focuses on the anatomy and location of the veins, evaluating and treating malfunctioning varicose veins.

How can I prepare for my ultrasound vein mapping?

It's essential that you drink plenty of fluids before your ultrasound.

When you are well hydrated, your veins expand with the extra liquid which makes it easier for the Registered Vascular Technologist to see the veins and to watch the blood flow through them. This improves the accuracy of the results from your ultrasound mapping.

You should minimize your intake of diuretics before your ultrasound vein mapping. Diuretics are substances -- medications or beverages -- that promote the increased production of urine causing a loss of fluids in your body. That drains your veins of fluid making your veins appear smaller on the ultrasound.

Beverages which act as diuretics include caffeinated coffee, tea, and soft drinks as well as alcohol. Be sure to drink at least 24 to 32 ounces of water or juice before your appointment.

Anything that compresses the veins and pushes the blood back up to your heart will empty the veins and negatively affect the exam. As such, don’t exercise and avoid wearing compression hose before your ultrasound vein mapping.

You’ll be standing up for your exam, usually from 30-45 minutes. Since this is a diagnostic test, you won’t experience any pain, and you can leave immediately afterward.

If you have any questions, call the office today or book your appointment online.