Ultrasound examination of arteries
The clinic offers ultrasound examinations of blood vessels and arteries with a specialist surgeon with lengthy medical experience. You can contact the clinic directly for an ultrasound examination without a referral. Art Clinic offers two types of ultrasound examinations.
Examination of blood vessels
Before deciding on varicose vein surgery there is generally a need to undergo an ultrasound examination of the superficial and inner blood vessels. The examination localises all varicose veins which sometimes cannot be see during a general medical examination. Sometimes it is also necessary to eliminate issues with the inner blood vessel that can hinder varicose vein surgery.
We accept patients for ultrasound examination without needing a referral (private patients), patients who are sent by insurance companies and public healthcare must have a valid order of payment/referral.
An ultrasound machine uses sound waves/ultrasound to create a picture of how the internal organs look. The sound waves bounce off the organs which are then sent to a scanner. Depending on what the sound waves hit it sends different signals back, by doing so an image is created. Ultrasound is used primarily to examine the bodies’ soft tissue, such as prior to a varicose vein surgery, abdomen surgery, intestines and liver, eye examinations, pregnancy etc.
The technique is improved continuously, greater computer capacity allows for a greater number of examinations to be performed three dimensionally (3D) and as video sequences (4D). Most examinations performed today are done so with a sequence between 4-12 Mhz.
How is an ultrasound examination performed?
The first step is to book a time via the clinics switchboard.
During your first visit to the clinic you will fill out a health scheme. After doing so you will be called to an examination room. The ultrasound takes between 40-45 minutes.
The actual ultrasound can be performed in many ways depending on what is being examined, when examining prior to varicose vein surgery the patient is standing throughout the examination. In order to achieve the best result between the machine and the patient a small amount of gel is applied to the skin. The scanners head lies like a painting roller so that is can move when in contact with the skin and transmit sound waves through skin, muscles etc. the sound waves are then translated into an image which is shown on a monitor.
Patients with varicose veins or suspect a chronic disease to the legs blood vessels (chronic venous insufficiency) are examined standing up in order to guarantee the best possible judgement regarding the function of the blood vessel valves.
Deep and superficial blood vessels (veins) are examined by the examiner squeezing the patients’ calf muscles in order to test whether the vein valves are tight. The patient is also asked to cough lightly or to strain in order to test the valves on the deep lying femur vein. Any valve leakages such as axial (from the groin to the ankle), local (lesser vein segments) or a combination of deep/superficial veins, are presented in the examination record. The position of thick (>33mm in diameter) incompetent connections between deep and superficial blood vessels are measured with a measuring tape.
The patients’ blood vessel disease is classified according to international practice using the CEAP-system. Valve leakage is graded according to specific ultrasound criteria with regard to the actual vein diameter. The examination is performed in order to dismiss the possibility of any widespread blood clots in the deep set blood vessels, whose presence could hinder varicose vein surgery. Valve leakage in the deep blood vessel is also presented so that the referred surgeon can better assess useful how possible superficial varicose vein surgery can be for the patient.
Are ultrasound examinations dangerous?
Ultrasound examinations were introduced in the 1960’s, since then one has not been able to prove any risks or complications associated with diagnostic examinations using ultrasound (<100 mW/cm2).
Does it hurt?
An ultrasound examination does not hurt, the gel may perhaps feel a little cold when it come in contact with the skin, other than that there are no discomforts linked with this examination.
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