Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Using ultrasound for vein treatment

Ultrasound is an essential tool in vein care, as well as non-invasive and comfortable for the patient. In addition to mapping a patient’s veins and diagnosing vein disorders, ultrasound is used throughout the treatment of veins, acting like the physician’s “eyes inside the leg.”

After a diagnostic ultrasound is performed and the doctor establishes a treatment plan to fix the problem, ultrasound may be used. In endovenous laser ablation for example, seeing where the healthy vein connects with the unhealthy vein is very important; ultrasound is the best modality to visualize this area.

Another example is ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy, which uses the guidance of ultrasound to find leaking veins that are not visible and can’t be seen with a hand-held light used to view veins near the surface (transcutaneous illumination). Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is often used to treat perforator veins, or veins that connect the superficial system (above the muscles in the leg) to the deep system (veins under and between the muscles of the leg).     

After the vein treatment and a designated amount of time for healing, the physician will use ultrasound again to assess the effectiveness of the treatment plan.

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