Vascular Ultrasound Specialist


Vein & Vascular Specialists Located in Granite Falls, NC and Seeing Patients from Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir

Your health care provider might recommend a vein or vascular ultrasound if they suspect you have a vein or vascular health problem such as deep vein thrombosis, chronic venous insufficiency, or atherosclerosis. Board-certified nurse practitioner Lindsey Castagna, MSN, APRN, ACNP-BC, and her team offer state-of-the-art vascular ultrasounds at Venaflux in Granite Falls, North Carolina. Call the practice or schedule a consultation online today if you need expert vascular health care.

Vascular Ultrasound Q & A

What is a vascular ultrasound?

A vascular ultrasound is a safe, noninvasive, and painless imaging test that allows your provider to evaluate your vein and vascular health. 

Ultrasounds use high-frequency sound waves and their echoes to create images of the organs and tissues inside your body, including your blood vessels. These images allow the team at Venaflux to diagnose various vein and vascular health problems and guide minimally invasive vein treatments.

Why would I need a vascular ultrasound?

The team at Venaflux uses ultrasounds to diagnose and treat vein and vascular health issues, including:

  • Blood vessel blockages
  • Chronic venous insufficiency
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Deep vein thrombosis

Vascular imaging helps your provider determine the most effective treatments for your condition, as well as whether you’re a good candidate for a procedure such as endovenous ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, or ultrasound-guided or cosmetic sclerotherapy.

How should I prepare for a vascular ultrasound?

You don’t need to do anything special to prepare for a vascular ultrasound. The procedure is entirely noninvasive, so you don’t need to fast or stop taking any blood-thinning medication before your ultrasound. 

What happens during a vascular ultrasound?

You change into a gown before your ultrasound. While you recline on a treatment table, a technician applies a clear gel to your skin. The gel helps the transducer wand slide over your leg smoothly, which allows for clear images. 

As the technician glides the transducer wand over your skin, it sends sound waves into your body. The waves bounce off your tissue, and the transducer picks up the echoes, transmitting them to a computer. 

The computer turns the echoes into images. Vascular ultrasounds show your soft tissues, including your blood vessels. They provide real-time imaging, allowing your provider to watch your blood flow through your body.

These detailed images and videos allow your provider to evaluate your vein and vascular health and guide endovenous treatments. If you have additional vascular treatment, such as endovenous ablation or ambulatory phlebectomy, your provider may provide a local anesthetic before beginning the procedure.

If you’re concerned about varicose veins, deep vein thrombosis, or other vascular health problems, call Venaflux or make an appointment online today.