Venous Ultrasounds

Dr. Anthony Alfieri serves the Newark, DE area at the Delaware Advanced Vein Center. He possesses a medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. After he completed his internship, he completed his residency and fellowship to specialize in cardiology in order to diagnose patients using technologies such as a venous ultrasound.

What is a Venous Ultrasound?

This procedure uses ultrasound technology, the same used to monitor pregnant women, to check the circulation in the large veins in the extremities.

What Does the Ultrasound Test for?

The ultrasound helps the physician to detect any thrombus formation or clots. The test looks at both the deep veins that are located underneath the muscles and the superficial veins situated directly underneath the skin.

Who Should Get an Ultrasound?

Individuals who are most at risk for deep vein thrombosis should request a venous ultrasound. For instance, those who’ve underwent surgery or an injury are more at risk, in particular, if the surgery or injury required any downtime where the patient was unable to move fully. Anyone who has had long-term bed rest is more at risk for clotting. Immobility also increases a person’s chances due to an inadequate amount of blood flow throughout the body. Pregnancy, obesity and a history of venous thrombosis.

What Are the Side Effects?

The side effects are nonexistent. The ultrasound procedure is conducted on the outside of the body. The waves don’t heat or damage the skin in any way. They don’t contain any radiation, so unlike other types of imaging, they don’t harm the cells or cause cancer.

What is the Procedure Like?

The procedure is completely painless and doesn’t require needles. There isn’t a catheter or any dyes either. The patient will be asked to remove all clothing from the areas. The doctor will place the end of the probe on the area that’s being examined. The doctor will run the probe over the legs, or in rare instances, the arms. Blockage is detected during the exam, and it generally¬†takes 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The results aren’t usually given to the patient that day. Usually, the patient will receive the results within two to three days and will be asked to return to the facility.