A Hamilton Square, NJ Vein Doctor Explains the Role of Ultrasound in Vein Treatment

When your doctor needs to learn more about what is happening under your skin, one of the tools he has at his disposal is the ultrasound. An ultrasound is a non-invasive, pain-free test that uses high frequency sound waves to build a picture of your body’s structures, including organs and blood vessels. Here at the Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center we utilize our on-site vascular ultrasound lab to ensure high quality information can be obtained with minimal delay. Read on to learn more about how and why ultrasound screenings are an important part of our commitment to provide you with quality care.

Why should New Jersey patients undergo an ultrasound?

If you or your spouse has ever been pregnant, you may already be familiar with one of the many uses of ultrasounds. Because an ultrasound allows you to see what is happening inside your body, it is a safe and effective way to examine a fetus. This same concept applies to your veins and arteries. If you are experiencing vein disease, including varicose veins, spider veins, and deep vein thrombosis, an ultrasound allows your doctor to view the root cause of the issue. This leads to a diagnosis and better outcomes during treatment.

Ultrasounds are also useful as a form of vein screening. People over the age of 55 or those who have risk factors for vein disease may wish to undergo an ultrasound to check for problems. These screenings can be completed in less than 30 minutes and are an effective way to catch disease before serious complications can occur.

What happens during an ultrasound screening?

When you come into our office for an ultrasound screening, you can expect the test to last about an hour. A Certified Vascular Technologist, specially trained in conducting ultrasounds on blood vessels, performs all of our ultrasound studies. You will lie back comfortably and a small amount of warm gel will be applied to the area that is being examined. This gel helps ensures the clearest readings possible. Once the examination area is prepared, your technician will run a hand-held device over the area of interest. The device will emit radiation-free sound waves into the area, which will bounce off your body’s tissues and return to the device.

After the ultrasound test collects the necessary information, a vascular surgeon will examine the resulting image to determine if any problems are present. If the surgeon finds an urgent problem, your referring doctor will be faxed an interim report. If there is not an urgent issue a full report will be mailed within 48 hours.

Ultrasound and vein treatment

While ultrasound screenings are an important part of testing, they play a role in vein disease treatment as well. Many procedures, including sclerotherapy and Endovenous Laser Treatment, are conducted in tandem with an ultrasound. This ensures the procedure is conducted accurately, providing the best outcomes possible.

The ultrasound is one of the most important tools a vein specialist has to help provide you the best possible vein care. Whether used to discover or diagnose a problem you didn’t know you had or to provide relief to a long-standing issue, this test can help. If you would like to learn more about what an ultrasound can do for you, or if you would like to set up a consultation with Dr. Ahmad to talk more about your vein issues, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Hamilton Square, NJ office. We look forward to hearing from you!

Author
Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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