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Duplex Ultrasound has really revolutionised the way that doctors treat varicose veins and related conditions. At the Vein Care Centre, we always use duplex ultrasound. The ultrasound equipment builds up a picture of the structures of the blood vessels, as well as superimposing the flow of blood and its direction so that we can tell whether there are problems with veins. These may include blockages, problems with the valves, or blood flow in the wrong direction known as ‘reflux’.
When you visit for your scan, the whole leg will be scanned from the top of the thigh down towards your ankle, even if the vein problems seem to be confined to one area. A water based gel is used to allow the sound waves into the leg so that a picture of the vein and the blood flow in it can be built up. In the video above you can see how Duplex Ultrasound is used to detect the root cause of your leg vein problem.
A Duplex Ultrasound examination is provided as part of a consultation.