While many people are only familiar with ultrasound imaging for pregnancy, this type of imaging is actually quite helpful in the treatment of varicose veins. Ultrasound images can not only show the location of damaged veins, but they will provide a real-time look at how blood is moving through the legs. Without ultrasound imaging, varicose vein treatment would not be nearly as effective and non-invasive as it is today. Below is a closer look at what ultrasound imaging does to improve your care.
Locate the source of damage
In the past, vein treatments did not begin with this type of clear diagnosis, so they required more invasive surgeries with a fair amount of guesswork. By using a Doppler Duplex Ultrasound Scan, your doctor will create a complete map of your vein damage. Accordingly, an ultrasound will allow your doctor to locate the precise source and location of your damaged veins. With this comprehensive picture, your doctor will have a clear idea of what types of treatments will be appropriate for you.
Improve treatment results
Laser ablation is commonly used to close damaged veins in the legs, but this procedure must be done under the accurate guidance of ultrasound images. Because ultrasound scans can take place simultaneously with endovenous laser therapy, the doctor always has the veins in clear view. This way there is no risk of causing pain or damage to the muscles in the legs as treatment takes place. Sclerotherapy for spider veins can also be improved with ultrasound imaging, which guides the physician to the exact point where the sclerosing agent should be administered.