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How is Ultrasound Used in a Vein Exam?

Ultrasound is a noninvasive treatment used to evaluate varicose veins and symptoms of venous insufficiency. Many patients complain of legs that feel heavy & tired, often with intermittent swelling, chronic leg cramps and “restless legs”, especially at night. During the consultation visit, Dr. Rosen determines if an ultrasound is an appropriate test to do to evaluate the extent of a patient’s vein disease.

The ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive, completely comfortable way for Dr. Rosen to “see inside the body” by using sound waves to produce images of the veins. The Doppler function on the ultrasound exam is used to see if flow is moving properly through the veins. Normal leg veins channel flow in a one-way, upward direction back to the heart. Many spider veins, varicose veins and symptoms result from improperly functioning vein valves that allow wrong-way flow to occur. This improper flow is called “reflux”.

Knowing the location of improperly functioning vein valves helps to design a patient-specific, tailored treatment plan. While surgery used to be the only option for treating underlying vein disease, Dr. Rosen offers the latest, state-of-the-art, non-surgical minimally-invasive and maximally comfortable, safe and effective vein procedures including:

In addition to having time to perform an ultrasound exam, Dr. Rosen leaves ample time during the consultation visit to discuss patients’ questions, including those regarding treatments for spider veins, treatments for varicose veins and the cost of vein treatments. Many patients are thrilled to learn that many treatments may be covered by commercial insurance & Medicare! Coverage depends on the extent of a patient’s disease and the particular details of their policy. The staff at Rosen Vein Care will help do all the “leg work” to assist patients in getting the coverage they deserve.

Rosen Vein Care is a vein clinic that proudly serves Chicago and Chicago suburbs. Contact Rosen Vein Care now to schedule your consultation appointment by calling 847-272-8346. Dr. Rosen & staff look forward to meeting you and helping your legs to feel and look better than they have in years!

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