The Importance of Ultrasound in Diagnosing and Treating Vein Problems
The technology to treat veins has evolved tremendously over the last 15 years, which has been great news for vein sufferers. The use of doppler duplex ultrasound is an integral part of this minimally invasive vein treatment evolution, making diagnosing and targeting the source of venous insufficiency incredibly accurate.
“When determining if venous insufficiency is present or not, ultrasound does the reconnaissance work by color mapping the vein to determine which direction the blood is flowing. During a vein treatment procedure, it allows me to target the source of the insufficiency, so I know exactly where to insert the catheter in order to shut down the diseased vein with pinpoint-precision,” says Dr. Hamilton.
Before ultrasound, doctors’ diagnoses were made on visual determinations and asking patients about symptoms – heaviness, achiness, pain and then determining if surgery was required or not.
Ultrasound use during a post-procedure follow-up