Very often varicose veins are visible. They are easily identified in a simple physical exam. Certain medical tests and procedures can be invaluable when it comes to determining the extent of the vascular damage as well as to rule out conditions.
If you are living with varicose or spider veins, will need to consult a vein specialist who may also work in conjunction with a dermatologist if ulceration or other skin issues have become a problem.
What the exam consists of
A visual check of the legs is made both seated as well as standing. You will be asked about how your legs feel walking, standing, sitting, and at night when you are trying to sleep.
Further examination techniques
During an angiogram, a dye is injected into your veins. Having this dye in the veins allows the outlines to be seen on an X-ray image. Though not commonly used your doctor may elect this option to get a very detailed look at the blood flow routes in your veins. It can both confirm a diagnosis of varicose veins or may point to another condition.
Duplex ultrasound combines traditional with Doppler ultrasound. Traditional ultrasound uses sound waves to create a picture of the structures in your body, in this case, the blood vessels and anything that may be blocking the flow of blood. Doppler ultrasound uses sound waves to create pictures of the flow or movement of the blood through the veins. The two types of ultrasound together paint a picture that helps your doctor diagnose your condition. Your physician may recommend a duplex ultrasound in order to check for proper blood flow in your veins as well as to look for blood clots.
A handheld device will be placed on your body during this test. It will be passed back and forth over the affected area. The device works by sending and receiving sound waves which a computer will then convert into a visual image of the blood flow in your veins and arteries.
If it is found that you do indeed have varicose veins, not to worry. Your doctor will then recommend the very best treatment path possible to get your legs back to health.
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