15 Aug Building the Map of Your Body: Answers to Your Top 3 Vein Mapping Questions
If you feel apprehensive prior to entering your doctor’s office for a scheduled appointment, you’d hardly be alone. Especially where one’s blood vessels are concerned, it’s natural that many patients experience medical-related anxiety and confusion before embarking on their treatment journey.
That being said, many patients’ fears can be put to rest by simply shedding a little light on what they might expect to face.
That’s why we’re here today to discuss your top three vein mapping questions:
What Is Vein Mapping?
Vein mapping, also referred to as venous ultrasound, duplex ultrasound, or sonography, is the process by which a physician non-invasively generates an image of a patient’s blood flow in real-time. This process is used to identify points of circulatory stagnation or reflux, as well as to diagnose venous disease and/or determine catheter placement in the event of a procedure.
Specifically, vein mapping may be used for:
- RF Ablation
- Laser Ablation
- And more
“Accuracy is critical, so ultrasound testing should ALWAYS be performed by a credentialed sonographer in an accredited vascular laboratory,” the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS) affirms.
What Can I Expect During Vein Mapping?
As vein mapping is non-invasive — or it requires no needles, injections, or dyes — it is both easily accomplished for the physician and entirely painless for the patient.
In short, the patient may arrive in comfortable clothing, such as loose-fitting shorts. They will lay down on a table in the examination room and the staff will use technology that emits high-frequency sound waves to capture the internal images after they’ve applied a clear gel to the target area.
“During a vascular ultrasound, sound waves are transmitted through the tissues of the area being examined,” Cleveland Clinic explains. “These sound waves reflect off blood cells moving within the blood vessels, allowing the reading physician to calculate their speed. The sound waves are recorded and displayed on a computer screen.”
This process features immediate results, no side effects, and it can often be completed within the span of approximately 30 minutes.
Who Can I Visit For A Reliable Vein Mapping Appointment?
Come time to undergo vein mapping, you don’t just want a certified professional taking care of you — you want a locally owned, operated, and trusted team to prioritize your health.
Thus, if you believe vein mapping may be beneficial for you — or if you have been experiencing persistent leg pain, ankle swelling, skin discoloration, and more — don’t forget to reach out to Duval Vascular Center today to schedule your FREE vascular screening!
Here at Duval Vascular Center, we offer industry-leading care in a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic. Whatever your needs, your health is our priority! Call us today at (904) 518-1398 today to learn more.