Do I need an appointment?

Yes, ultrasound exams do need an appointment. If you cannot attend your appointment we appreciate it if you can give 24 hours notice.

Do I need a referral letter from my GP?

No, you do not need a referral letter for a medical scan but occasionally to clarify we may ask you to be assessed by your GP first. If you come in without a referral letter the report will be emailed to you and you may pass it on to your GP. We do not send reports to a GP if they have not ordered it. If there are urgent findings we will help you arrange a doctor’s visit where you can take the report with you as you may need a referral to a Vascular Consultant.

What is the preparation for a peripheral venous scan?

There is no preparation for this exam however trousers will need to be removed for the exam to evaluate the legs.

What organs are viewed in the peripheral venous scan?

During this examination, we evaluate common femoral, superficial, and deep femoral, popliteal, greater saphenous, lesser saphenous veins as well as superficial varicosities in the right or left leg or both if indicated.

What can a peripheral venous ultrasound see?

The peripheral venous ultrasound can identify whether the valves at the saphenofemoral junction and the saphenopopliteal junction are competent meaning the valves are closing to prevent backward venous flow (reflux).

What happens during the peripheral venous scan?

The sonographer will have you remove your trousers and ask you to lie on the bed facing up. A transducer/camera is placed on the leg starting at the junction of the leg and hip and the sonographer will scan the leg down to the mid-calf on each side to firstly make sure there are no blood clots. During the exam you may hear a noise like the sound of the wind, this is the venous blood flow within the legs. You will then be required to stand so the Sonographer can look at the superficial veins to check for reflux. The sonographer will sometimes have to squeeze your leg to push the blood toward your heart.

What is the preparation for a peripheral venous scan?

There is no preparation for this exam however trousers will need to be removed for the exam to evaluate the legs.

What veins are viewed in the peripheral venous scan?

During a lower extremity venous ultrasound, we evaluate common femoral, greater saphenous, superficial and deep femoral, popliteal, lesser saphenous veins in the right and left leg when indicated. Varicose veins will be assessed with you standing.

What can a Peripheral venous ultrasound see?

The peripheral venous ultrasound can identify if there are any deep or superficial clots and assess the quality of the blood flow at the long and short saphenous veins to insure the valves are competent preventing reflux. The sonographer will also have to push down on the leg or squeeze in various locations to assess the compressibility of the veins or the competency of the valves.

How long will the exam take?

The scheduled time for this exam is usually 45 minutes - 1 hour for both legs.

Who will report my vascular exam?

After the sonographer has completed your exam the images will be sent to a Consultant Radiologist who will report your scan.

When will I receive my results?

You will get verbal results from the sonographer at the end of the examination however it is up to the radiologist to make a final report. The formal report will be sent to your GP or yourself within 24 to 48 hours. If there are urgent findings the process will be expedited and faxed to your GP within 24 hours.