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Diagnosing Varicose Veins
The images obtained from the ultrasound are essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment.

The red color in this image of the greater saphenous vein demonstrates backward blood flow, termed reflux. Normal blood flow would be shown as blue.

Spectral analysis of blood flow measures the amount of reflux (backward flow) in the greater saphenous vein.

How are varicose veins diagnosed?

The diagnosis of varicose veins is performed in The Vascular Lab at Lexington Surgeons, a fully IAC-accredited vascular laboratory with state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment.

All ultrasound testing is performed by individuals who are certified by The American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography as Registered Vascular Technologists.

After the diagnosis of venous insufficiency (reflux) has been established, the deep and superficial veins of the lower extremity are mapped. This mapping provides the physician with an individualized guide to the venous system for each patient. The physician is then able to recommend the best treatment, endovenous ablation and/or microphlebectomy. 



How does the Ultrasound Equipment work?

The transducer is a handheld device that generates and sends off waves of sound in specific directions and patterns. These sound waves move through the body, including the blood vessels. Some of the sound waves bounce back from the veins and return to the transducer, where they are recognized. These reflected waves are transfered to the ultrasound machine. The machine has a computer that interprets and analyzes the reflected sound waves, and creates images and provides measurements of blood flow. This information is then used make the appropriate diagnosis, and also to guide treatment. 



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