Ultrasound for Venous Incompetance

A Venous Incompetance Ultrasound is an examination that assesses the valves in your veins with the use of ultrasound waves.  Abnormal veins can cause protruding varicose veins, swollen and painful legs, ulcers and skin changes. Your doctor has asked for this examination to have your veins mapped and investigated. This will assist in the treatment of your symptoms. For more information please see our patient information brochure for this examination.

As there are a range of reasons why you are having this test, it is best discussed with your doctor.

The Procedure

  • You will be taken to a private room. A staff member will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
  • You will be asked to remove clothing from your lower body.
  • You will be asked to stand on a step in front of the examination table.
  • Gel is placed on the area of interest so that sound waves can pass through to the relevant vessels. This is done from the groin to the ankle.
  • At various points the probe will be held still and your calf muscle will be squeezed to asses the blood flow in your veins.
  • To evaluate different veins you may have some of the examination whilst sitting.
  • You will hear the Doppler ultrasound from time to time as it makes a pulsing noise.
  • The examination will take approximately 30 to 60 minutes.
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