An ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to show structures inside your body. These high-frequency sound waves create real-time pictures or videos of various organs, soft tissues, and blood vessels. It is a non-invasive process that helps healthcare providers diagnose all sorts of conditions. But, what specifically does a leg ultrasound diagnose?
Let’s explore the different reasons why a leg ultrasound may be right for you.
A leg ultrasound is used to examine the blood flow through the major veins in your legs. This sort of procedure is particularly helpful because it can look inside your body without making any cuts or incisions. There are two main types of leg ultrasounds:
If left untreated, these sorts of conditions can have serious consequences such as a pulmonary embolism. This procedure tends to take 30 to 45 minutes. Depending on the results, further testing may be recommended.
This condition occurs when your arteries become narrow and reduce blood flow in your legs or arms. It is much more common in the legs. In addition, this occurs in concurrence with a buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries, also known as atherosclerosis. Peripheral Artery Disease can cause leg pain that can worsen without treatment. Most commonly, this pain occurs when walking.
Deep Vein Thrombosis is a blood clot within a deep vein in the body. This is most common in the legs. In many cases, this condition can cause leg swelling or pain. However, there are sometimes no symptoms at all. Various medical conditions, family history, and a sedentary lifestyle can cause these clots.
During an arterial ultrasound, patients can expect the following:
If you have Peripheral Artery Disease, Deep Vein Thrombosis, or believe that you may need an ultrasound of any kind, contact South Valley Vascular today. There is a team of specialists ready to serve. Contact us if you live near:
Visalia: (559) 625-4118
Hanford: (559) 825-6204
Porterville: (559) 788-1022
Fresno: (559) 746-9605
Or, feel free to request a consultation online.