Objective of scan

We assess the leg veins from groin to ankle for abnormal flow (reflux/incompetence).

The study is normally separated into two pathologies venous thrombosis (blood clot) or venous insufficiency / incompetence (valvular failure).

Reasons for this scan may include:

Common indications for performing this examination:

  • Varicose Veins.
  • Skin colour changes, Venous Eczema, hyperpigmentation
  • Recurrent swelling.
  • Venous ulcers.
  • Pain and oedema of the leg.
  • Pain and feeling of heaviness in the leg.

What is included with this ultrasound scan?

An electronic ultrasound report of the examination including any measurements same day as your appointment.

What does the scan involve?

During the scan you will be asked to uncover your legs and gel will be placed over your skin. An ultrasound probe will then be placed on your skin and moved along your leg. An image will appear on the monitor which will be translated by a professionally qualified Ultrasonographer. The examination lasts around 20-30 minutes and is pain free. At the end of the examination the Ultrasonographer will give you a verbal report with a formal ultrasound scan report with any recommendations being sent to you which you can take to your regular healthcare professional.

Preparation for the scan

There is no real preparation when coming to have an vein duplex ultrasound examination.  Please try to wear loose clothing and also be prepared to remove the clothing for a full arterial examination.  

Please bring along any information / medical notes / reports which are in relation to an vein duplex ultrasound examination as they may provide useful information for the scan.