How an Ultrasound Can Lead to Healthier Veins

How an Ultrasound Can Lead to Healthier Veins

Our team at Premier Vascular in Yonkers and Jackson Heights, New York, led by board-certified vascular surgeon Dr. Nirav Patel, often takes advantage of the many benefits of ultrasound imaging to help identify and treat conditions affecting your vein and artery health. 

How ultrasound imaging works

Whether you know it as ultrasound or sonography, this painless diagnostic study uses soundwaves rather than radiation to capture images of tissue structures inside the body.

Physicians may prescribe it to identify the source of swelling, pain, or infection in an internal organ or gauge the health and size of an unborn baby.

During an ultrasound, a trained technician passes a handheld device called a transducer over the area under study.

Soundwaves pass harmlessly from the transducer into the body and bounce off internal tissue structures. Echoes from the soundwaves are transmitted to a nearby computer that interprets them and transforms them into real-time images of the structure being studied.

These images are available for immediate review on a monitor and are typically preserved as videos or still shots. 

Ultrasound was first used as a medical diagnostic tool in 1942 to identify brain tumors. The technology has since advanced to the point that ultrasound images can now be captured in 4D clarity for high-risk pregnancies and other complex diagnostic studies.

Is a vascular ultrasound different than a standard ultrasound?

A vascular ultrasound captures images of your veins and arteries. Arteries are the vessels that carry oxygenated blood from the heart to the rest of the body. Veins transport the “used” blood back to the heart.

To record the volume and direction of blood flow through veins or arteries, a vascular ultrasound typically includes a Doppler study. The Doppler allows Dr. Patel to evaluate the health of your circulatory system painlessly and in real time.

He may recommend a vascular ultrasound to:

A vascular ultrasound also provides detailed information about how well blood is flowing through your veins as they transport blood back to the heart.

The test is typically part of the diagnostic workup for new or an increased number of varicose veins, leg swelling, chronic open sores (venous ulcers), and other symptoms related to chronic venous insufficiency.

How ultrasound is used during vein treatment

Endovascular or endovenous procedures are performed within the blood vessel itself, and access to the artery or vein is gained via a needle puncture.

A tiny tube (catheter) is then guided to the treatment site, and surgical instruments, laser fibers, or other medical devices (such as a balloon or stent) are passed through the catheter. Ultrasound imaging provides guidance from the surface and ensures accuracy during these procedures.

Minimally invasive varicose vein treatments, for instance, use various forms of energy (radiofrequency vein ablation) or painless chemical substances (sclerosing agents) to close a damaged vein. This action cuts off its blood supply and thus eliminates the problematic vein and its symptoms.

Dr. Patel uses real-time ultrasound imaging during these procedures to ensure the entire vein is treated and that accurate placement of the catheter, foaming agent, or radiofrequency fiber prevents unnecessary trauma to nearby healthy blood vessels, nerves, or other tissue structures.

For highly effective vascular care and diagnostic services that include the latest in ultrasound technology, schedule a visit at Premier Vascular today. Call our office or request an appointment online. 

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