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Vascular Ultrasound

Premier Vein & Vascular

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery located in Tampa, FL & Largo, FL

Imaging technologies can be invaluable whether you’re having a varicose vein treatment or have suspected deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Board-certified vascular surgeon Saleem Saiyad, MD, Nestor Guerrero, ARNP-C, and the team at Premier Vein & Vascular provide vascular ultrasound services at two locations in Tampa and Largo, Florida, for both cosmetic and medical treatments. Call the nearest office or book your consultation online today.

Vascular Ultrasound Q & A

What is a vascular ultrasound?

Vascular ultrasound is a form of diagnostic and therapeutic technology in which high-frequency soundwaves create moving images of your circulatory system. Using vascular ultrasound, your provider at Premier Vein & Vascular can locate blockages or blood clots in your arteries or veins.

Vascular ultrasound also provides visual guidance when your provider is carrying out procedures like endovascular surgery and treatments for varicose veins.

Ultrasound is the safest form of diagnostic technology because there’s no ionizing radiation required. Vascular ultrasound can also provide clear images of certain blood vessels that might not be as visible using other techniques.

What is vascular ultrasound used for?

The team at Premier Vein & Vascular can use vascular ultrasound for multiple purposes. It’s a useful tool for evaluating the flow of blood into your organs and tissues. It can also help your provider find and evaluate blockages and blood clots in your veins and arteries.

The team at Premier Vein & Vascular can see how badly narrowed your arteries are if you have atherosclerosis and locate any emboli that could cause a blockage in your blood vessels. Vascular ultrasound can detect arterial enlargements called aneurysms that can be fatal if left untreated.

If you’re under consideration for surgery, your provider can use vascular ultrasound to determine whether you’re suitable for the proposed procedure. They can also see how successful any procedures are after treatment.

Premier Vein & Vascular also uses vascular ultrasound to assess and treat conditions like varicose veins.

How is vascular ultrasound used to treat varicose veins?

Your provider at Premier Vein & Vascular uses vascular ultrasound to guide them when carrying out procedures that destroy varicose veins.

Varicose veins are a common problem that causes ugly, twisting coils of blue, purple, or red veins to appear. These veins are most likely to affect your legs. At first, they might be no more than a cosmetic concern, but over time they can cause aching and heaviness in the legs and lead to more serious problems like blood clots and leg ulcers.

Your provider uses ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy to treat deeper veins that might not be visible. This treatment is also suitable for larger superficial veins that don’t respond to other approaches.

What is ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy?

Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy involves injecting an irritant solution, the sclerosant, into the affected vein. The sclerosant liquid causes the vein to shrink and collapse, resolving the circulation problem.

Your provider at Premier Vein & Vascular uses vascular ultrasound for deeper veins because the technology maps the veins, guides the tip of the needle, and helps control the direction of the injection. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is ideal for eliminating problem veins that may have required surgical removal. It also has the benefit of triggering the destruction of smaller varicose veins nearby.

To find out more about how vascular ultrasound could help you, call Premier Vein & Vascular or book an appointment online today.