The underlying cause of problems like varicose veins is typically venous reflux or chronic venous insufficiency. Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care in White Plains, New York, uses advanced reflux studies to identify any venous issues that may affect your vascular health. Each type of venous reflux study is slightly different, but all are noninvasive and should cause minimal discomfort. To arrange a consultation for the reflux studies you require, call Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care or book your appointment online today.
Reflux studies are diagnostic tests that assess your veins for a condition called venous reflux.
Venous reflux or chronic venous insufficiency is a common condition that causes problems like varicose veins and can lead to venous ulcers. Valves in your leg veins are responsible for ensuring the one-way flow of blood back to your heart. When these valves fail due to many risk factors, venous reflux occurs.
If you have symptoms of venous reflux, or you're at high risk of developing the condition, you can undergo reflux studies at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care to determine how healthy your veins are and locate any problem areas.
There are several venous reflux studies available, the main options being:
Duplex ultrasound is a combination of conventional and Doppler ultrasound that produces moving images of the blood vessels in your legs. The test identifies blood flowing the wrong way and can detect deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a serious blockage of the deep veins.
A magnetic resonance venogram is a form of MRI scan. It uses radio waves to create images of the veins in your legs. Like Duplex ultrasound, it helps assess blood flow and locates blockages in the deep veins.
A CT (computed tomography) venogram takes multiple X-rays and combines them using computer software. That creates a detailed image of your leg veins, while the use of a contrast dye injected into your vein emphasizes the way your blood is flowing.
As they provide more detailed information, CT and MR venograms are now used instead of standard venograms, which use just X-rays and contrast dye.
To perform Duplex ultrasound, your provider at Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care applies a warm gel to your legs. They pass a handheld instrument (transducer) over your skin, pressing in slightly to create clear pictures. The transducer emits sound waves that echo back to the ultrasound device, which the computer translates into moving images.
With CT and MR venograms, your provider inserts a catheter (slim, flexible tube) into a vein and injects the contrast dye. You might feel a sensation of warmth as the dye enters your bloodstream, but it shouldn't be painful. Then you undergo a CT or MRI scan.
Duplex ultrasounds could take between 30 and 60 minutes, while CT and MR venograms typically take 45 to 60 minutes. You can carry on with your day as normal afterward. Your provider discusses the results of your reflux studies with you and advises on any treatment you might need.
For an expert assessment of your vein health, contact Formé Medical Center and Urgent Care to find out about reflux studies. Call the office or book an appointment online today.