At the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center, we use a vascular test in Rogers to determine the cause of varicose veins. It allows us to identify the exact location of any varicose veins and pinpoint the precise location of the cause.
Here’s what you can expect from vascular imaging in Rogers.
The Process of a Vascular Test in Rogers
While many medical facilities that perform vein tests ask you to lie down during screening, the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center always tries to keep you standing to perform a screening on your legs and lower body. This gives us the most accurate visual of your body’s blood vessels as they are at work.
Think of it this way: if you’re a restaurant trying to determine how much food you could serve during a lunch rush, you wouldn’t want to do it on a day when half the servers are on vacation.
Your Ozark Regional provider will apply a water-based gel to the area being screened. This helps the ultrasound transducer make secure contact with the body. It also helps eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin that can block the sound waves from passing into your body.
Your provider will sweep the ultrasound transducer over the areas of concern, repeating the process multiple times to get a more complete picture. They may also angle the sound beam from a different location to better see an area of concern.
This ultrasound examination is usually completed within 20-30 minutes. More complex exams may take more time.
What will I experience during and after screening?
Most vein screening exams are painless, fast, and comfortable. This is especially true of the duplex ultrasound in Rogers. There is usually no discomfort from pressure as they press the transducer against the area under examination.
If we scan over an area of tenderness, you may feel pressure or minor pain from the transducer.
Once the imaging is complete, your provider will wipe off the clear imaging gel from your skin. If it’s a point of concern, the gel does not usually stain or discolor clothing, but tossing an article of clothing into the wash should prevent damage to your clothing.
After an ultrasound exam, you should be able to resume your normal activities immediately.
How does a Vascular Test in Rogers work?
Ultrasound imaging uses the same principles as the sonar that bats, radar, and dolphins use. When a sound wave strikes an object, it bounces off of it. By measuring these echo waves, it is possible to determine how far away the object is and its size, shape, and consistency. This includes whether the object is solid or filled with fluid.
Medical professionals can take advantage of ultrasound technology to detect changes in the appearance of organs, tissues, and blood vessels. This is how ultrasounds can be used to detect blood clots, abnormal growths, or even tumors.
During an ultrasound exam, the transducer sends out sound waves and records the echoing (returning) waves. When your provider presses the transducer against your skin, it sends small pulses of soundless, high-frequency sound waves into the body.
As the sound waves bounce off internal organs, fluids, and tissues, the sensitive receiver in the transducer records tiny changes in the sound’s pitch and direction. A computer instantly measures these sound’s waves and displays them as real-time pictures on a monitor.
It’s practically magic. But it’s not magic. It’s science.
Who interprets the results, and how do I get them?
Dr. Haney, Dr. Stout, and our entire vein care team perform hundreds of vascular tests in Rogers. We can provide you with comprehensive explanations of your results and what to expect post-screening.
Dr. Haney & Dr. Stout will always review your results, meaning that they will personally walk you through the complexities of your vascular condition. This is also when we determine whether you’re dealing with a vein concern, artery concern, or both.
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It’s worth noting that you may require a follow-up screening. This is normal and nothing to worry about. Sometimes a follow-up exam further evaluates a potential issue with more views or a special imaging technique. It may also see if there has been any change in an issue over time.
Likewise, follow-up exams are often the best way to see if treatment is working or a problem needs attention.
Turn to the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center for a vascular test in Rogers.
Come to the Ozark Regional Vein & Artery Center. Our experience and growing suite of care options allow us to guide you toward lasting wellness solutions for a happier, healthier life.
We are a premier practice in Northwest Arkansas for all the highest-quality vascular treatments available. Dr. Haney, Dr. Stout, and the expert staff have over 75 years of combined experience in the industry. Patients come to us from across the country—from Fayetteville & Bentonville to Houston, Texas, & Springfield, Missouri—to ensure they receive the best concierge-level care.
After all, helping people is what we do. And it is our mission to provide the people of Arkansas and beyond with the absolute best care possible.
Take the first step on the road to recovery with our Virtual Vascular Screening Tool, or schedule a consultation. We also hold regular free screening events.
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