Lower Limb Venous (Varicose Vein) Ultrasound

What is a Lower Limb Venous (Varicose Vein) Ultrasound?

A Lower Limb Venous (Varicose Vein) Ultrasound is a non-invasive test used to diagnose suspected venous insufficiency.

How does it work?

Ultrasound gel will be placed on your lower limb(s). The Sonographer will use a small hand-held device that emits sound waves to produce images of your lower limb arteries whilst gently squeezing your calf. From those images, an assessment of the deep and superficial vein blood flow is made and then reviewed by a Vascular Surgeon.

How do I prepare for the test?

No special preparation is required for a Lower Lim Venous (Varicose Vein) Ultrasound. Eat, drink and take your medication as usual. You will need to remove clothing from your legs, leaving underwear on.

How long does the test take?

A Lower Limb Venous (Varicose Vein) Ultrasound takes approximately 30 minutes-90 minutes.