Duplex Ultrasound

Virginia Vein Care

When you need treatment for your painful or unattractive vein issues, an accurate diagnosis is vitally important. At Virginia Vein Care, we utilize a duplex ultrasound (sometimes known as a vascular ultrasound) to determine how blood is moving through your arteries and veins.

A duplex ultrasound combines two elements: a traditional ultrasound which uses sound waves to bounce off blood vessels to create a picture, and a Doppler ultrasound to record sound waves that reflect off moving objects to determine their speed and other aspects related to how they flow.

Duplex ultrasound tests are designed to show how blood is flowing to different parts of your body.

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How a Duplex Ultrasound Exam Works

When a duplex ultrasound is used to examine you, a transducer (a type of wand) is moved over the area to be tested emitting sound waves. A computer will measure how the sound waves sent out by the wand reflect back, and changes the sound wave to pictures.

The Doppler component creates a distinct sound–the sound of your blood moving through your arteries and veins. It also is able to determine how wide a blood vessel is and show any blockage.

Duplex ultrasounds can aid in diagnose vein conditions such as:

What should I do during a duplex ultrasound?

Try not to move during your exam. You might be asked to lie down in different positions or take and hold a deep breath. You will likely feel no discomfort during the exam, and there are no side effects or complications associated with exams using duplex ultrasound. 

After your exam, the results are immediately available for your doctor to study.

Highly Experienced Ultrasound Technicians Make the Difference

Duplex ultrasound is the main diagnostic modality in the vein world used to see how best to treat patients. A well-trained and licensed ultrasound technician is crucial to obtaining the high-quality results required by this testing modality. What sets Virginia Vein Care apart is the extremely high level of training our ultrasound technicians have had. 

During your first visit to Virginia Vein Care, we will perform a complete venous exam utilizing duplex ultrasound. The results of which will allow us to offer you our best recommendation for treating your vein issue. 

Call our office today and take advantage of our advanced technology, procedures, and expertise: 703-506-8346