A Chicago, IL Vein Doctor Explains Why Ultrasounds are an Important Part of Vein Treatment

If you are suffering from some form of vein disease, your doctor has a number of tools at his disposal to help address this problem. One tool that vein specialists rely on in a number of situations is the ultrasound. Ultrasounds are a non-invasive way for your doctor to get a glimpse of what is going on underneath your skin. The images they can create are instrumental in making sure you have the best vein care experience possible. Dr. Ramon Castro encourages anyone interested in the health of their veins to learn more about the benefits of ultrasounds.

Why should Illinois residents undergo an ultrasound?

An ultrasound device emits high-frequency sound waves that work to build a picture of the structures underneath your skin. If you or your spouse has been pregnant you may already be familiar with this procedure as it is an effective way to examine the fetus. However, its uses go far beyond pregnancy. When your doctor views an ultrasound image of your vascular system he can get an unobstructed view of the root causes of your vein problems.

Several forms of vein disease, including varicose veins and spider veins, have symptoms that are easy to see through visual examination. However, the causes of these symptoms are not quite so simple to view. By using an ultrasound, your doctor can pinpoint the area that is causing your problem and advise on a treatment that can help solve it. You may encounter an ultrasound again when undergoing treatment as they are often used to increase the effectiveness of vein treatment.

Ultrasounds are particularly useful in diagnosing vein issues that do not have any outward symptoms. A common example of this is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Some patients who suffer from this type of blood clot experience redness, swelling, or pain in their leg. However, many individuals do not notice any symptoms at all. A routine ultrasound can easily detect DVT, allowing you to treat the problem before serious complications occur.

What happens during an ultrasound?

No one really enjoys undergoing medical tests, but rest assured that an ultrasound can be completed quickly and comfortably. This test is entirely non-invasive, meaning you won’t experience discomfort or need to spend time recovering. When you have your ultrasound, you will likely be lying down. The technician will apply a small amount of gel to the examination area before running a small, hand-held device over your skin. This device emits sounds waves that bounce off of the structures in your body, and then are collected by the device and sent to a nearby monitor. Your doctor will use the image created by this test to help make a diagnosis or guide him as he carries out a vein treatment procedure.

When combined with the expertise of a knowledgeable spider vein doctor, an ultrasound is an invaluable component of quality vein care. Here at the Chicago Vein Care Center we utilize this tool when appropriate to make sure you receive the care you deserve. If you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Castro to have an ultrasound screening, or for any other reason, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Chicago, IL office. We look forward to hearing from you.

Author
Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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