A venous duplex is a painless non-invasive special technique that combines two kinds of ultrasounds to produce images of how the blood moves through the body. It may help diagnose many conditions, like: Blood clots or poorly functioning valves in your leg veins which can cause blood or other fluids to pool in your legs, known as venous insufficiency.
Who performs the procedure?
The test is performed by a competent Sonographer.
Is there any prep for this procedure?
No prep is needed for this procedure.
What can I expect before the procedure?
Once you arrive at the Imaging Center, you will have to register at the front desk.; Please have your insurance information ready at this time. After registration, you will be taken to the Ultrasound Department where you will be instructed to remove all clothing and jewelry in the area to be examined.
What can I expect during the procedure?
You will be lying on your back while a gel is applied to the area of the body being studied.; The Sonographer will then press the transducer firmly against the skin and move it back and forth over the area of interest.; You may actually hear pulse-like sounds that change in pitch as the blood flow is monitored and measured. Several images are captured during the procedure. There may be a little discomfort from pressure as the transducer is pressed against the area being examined.
What can I expect after the procedure?
After an ultrasound exam, you may be asked to dress and wait until the ultrasound images are reviewed. You should be able to resume your normal activities.
Are there any risks to this procedure?
There are no known risks with this procedure.
Are there any alternatives to this procedure?
No alternatives are available for this procedure.