At La Jolla Vein Care, we provide our own on-site vascular imaging for diagnostic imaging of the lower extremity venous system.

As a result, patients enjoy the convenience of in-office vascular imaging instead of hospital-based imaging. This service is offered to our own patients as well as to non-patients and referring physicians.

We are equipped with ultrasound scanners and three registered vascular technologists.  As a result, we are able to provide prompt scheduling and in some cases, offer same-day diagnostic services.

Duplex Ultrasound Examination

Duplex ultrasound combines Doppler flow information and conventional imaging information, sometimes called B-mode, to allow physicians to see the structure of your blood vessels. Duplex ultrasound shows how blood is flowing through your vessels and measures the speed of the flow of blood. It can also be useful to estimate the diameter of a blood vessel as well as the amount of obstruction, if any, in the blood vessel. Using duplex ultrasound technology, the structure of your blood vessels, the valve function, the movement of your red blood cells and direction of blood flow through the vessels, and any blockages or blood clots can be seen.  Duplex Ultrasound Examination is used in our office to evaluate the following:

Venous Reflux or Venous Insufficiency

The Duplex Ultrasound examination allows us to visualize the blood vessels that are not visible to the naked eye, even blood vessels that are deep within the muscles.  The ultrasound examination is used to both identify the veins that have faulty valves and to map the anatomy of the veins, creating a ‘road map.’  This is necessary to make an accurate assessment of the cause and extent of the varicose veins, as well as to formulate the best treatment plan.  This should be done for any individual being evaluated for varicose veins, leg swelling, patients who have failed prior treatment, patients who are symptomatic and in some patients with certain anatomic patterns of spider veins.

Duplex ultrasound uses sound waves to get images of your blood vessels.  It also helps determine how fast blood moves through the vessels.

Before your test:  This study does not require any preparation. You should not wear your compression stockings the same day as the examination.  Make sure to be hydrated.

Vein Conditions May Not Be Visible to the Naked Eye: Venous ultrasound imaging is important in determining if an underlying vein problem exists.

Vein Conditions May Not Be Visible to the Naked Eye: Venous ultrasound imaging is important in determining if an underlying vein problem exists.

Vein Mapping

A vein mapping ultrasound is used to map the anatomy of the veins, creating a ‘road map.’  The vein diameters are also measured at various points. This is necessary to make an accurate assessment of the cause and extent of the varicose veins, as well as to formulate the best treatment plan. This study is performed prior to undergoing a vein procedure.

Before your test:  This study does not require any preparation. You should not wear your compression stockings the same day as the examination.  Make sure to be hydrated.

Deep Venous Thrombosis

A deep venous thrombosis (DVT) is a blood clot in the deep veins of the legs.  This is a serious medical condition because the blood clot can travel via the deep venous system to the lungs and cause a lethal pulmonary embolism.  A DVT can be diagnosed by an experienced ultrasonographer with a Duplex ultrasound examination.  A DVT study is performed when a person has signs and symptoms of a lower extremity DVT.

Before your test:  This study does not require any preparation.

The ultrasound study is usually a covered benefit by insurance.

Call now for more information or to schedule your venous ultrasound 858-550-0330.