Vein Glossary

Below is a glossary of terms related to all aspects of venous disease

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Ultrasound
An ultrasound uses sound waves that are emitted through a hand-held probe placed on the skin. Gel is used for better skin contact and this helps eliminate air that may interfere with the transmission of the sound waves. The sound waves pass through the tissues beneath the probe and are bounced back from the veins. Venous specialists use ultrasound to diagnose and treat venous disease of the lower legs. By doing an ultrasound, your doctor can get valuable information such as the size and location of your veins and the direction of blood flow within the veins. The information from the ultrasound examination is necessary in order to plan appropriate treatment.


Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy
An ultrasound is used to identify the deeper vessel that will be treated with a sclerosant.