Duplex Ultrasound Assessment

Duplex ultrasound assessment

Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive and painless procedure used to determine the cause of your varicose veins. It provides us with a full and accurate 'map' of your veins which then helps us create a treatment plan suited to your specific needs

How duplex ultrasound works

We use ‘duplex’ ultrasound technology for mapping your veins. This involves a combination of two different sound-imaging techniques (Doppler and B-mode) to get the fullest possible image of the vein. This tool gives us a live image of any enlarged vein (so we can map in detail how they are laid out), which means that we can also assess the direction and speed of the blood moving through it

Are varicose veins dangerous?

As well as helping us determine the cause of your varicose veins and the best course of action, these scans allow us to check for any signs of clotting (Deep Vein Thrombosis or other abnormalities in your deep veins)

From the duplex ultrasound during your first consultation with us, all the way to your follow-up appointment when we check that the treated veins are fully closed, we always strictly follow best practice guidelines

What to expect

All our duplex ultrasound scans are conducted by accredited clinical vascular scientists with decades of experience in diagnosing vascular disorders in the UK and beyond

The procedure is performed with you standing, as this helps the veins become more visible. Once in the scan room at either our London or North West varicose vein treatment clinics, you'll be asked to remove your shoes, your trousers or skirt, and any socks or tights. Your vascular scientist will then apply a cool gel to your legs before running an ultrasound wand over them, from the groin to the ankle
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The clinician will then need to apply some pressure to your calf muscles to observe how the veins respond when this pressure is released. However, the entire process should be painless

Venous scan cost

Because the ultrasound assessment determines not only what the right treatment is, but also whether or not you need it in the first place, this initial examination is charged separately to our treatments, with package prices starting from £250

To learn more about pricing and plans, click here for varicose vein treatment costs and here for spider vein treatment costs

What comes next

Once this initial examination is complete, we will have an accurate picture of the damaged veins in your lower extremities. Assuming treatment is recommended for your varicose veins, the scan will allow for your surgeon to decide whether Sclerotherapy or Radiofrequency Ablation is the right treatment for you

Still not sure whether to get an ultrasound assessment?

Are you showing early signs of varicose veins? Or is this an issue you’ve lived with for months or years, but never sought guidance on? We are here to help. Get in touch with us and get the expert assessment you need

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should perform the duplex ultrasound scan?

Just like any other stage of our treatment pathway, only the most qualified specialists are involved in this process. Our Consultation & Scanning Team is led by Fabrizio D’Abate, currently Senior Vascular Sonographer at St George’s Hospital in London. Mr. D’Abate is an accredited Clinical Vascular Scientist and was awarded the 2015 Ann Donald Award for Scientist of the Year; by The Society for Vascular Technology for Great Britain and Ireland

What does a consultation involve?

During your initial consultation, you’ll meet one of our specialists in order to discuss your symptoms.  Next, we’ll conduct the ultrasound assessment. Based on our findings, we will inform you if you indeed need treatment and, if so, we will explain what your options are

Do I need a consultation and scan if I just have spider/thread veins?

Yes. As well as helping us find the best treatment for you, we use a duplex ultrasound scan to determine if there are any underlying issues causing your veins to become enlarged and visible

Where to find us

We're pleased to be able to provide our world-class varicose vein treatment in a variety of places throughout the United Kingdom. Learn more about your treatment options, including endovenous radio-frequency ablation (EVRF) and foam sclerotherapy, at the clinic closest to you

Greater London Area

150 Harley Street
London W1G 7LQ

Thames Valley Area

The Bridge Clinic, The Gatehouse
156-160 Bridge Road
Maidenhead SL6 8DG

North West Area

Pall Mall Medical Centre
61 King Street
Manchester M2 4PD