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Venous Duplex Reflex Doppler

A Venous Duplex Study is a test to check the blood flow through the veins of the arms or legs. Ultrasound is used to check for an obstruction or clot that may be slowing or blocking proper blood flow back to the heart.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

No special preparations are needed.

What happens during the test?

  • You will be asked to remove the outer clothing on your arms or legs, depending on what test is to be done.
  • You will need to lie on the bed.
  • The lights will need to be di so the screen on the ultrasound machine can be seen properly.
  • The sonographer will use a probe, called a transducer, with a small amount of gel on the limb to be checked.
  • The entire arm or leg will be examined.

How long does the test last?

The test takes approximately 30 minutes per limb.

How do I get the results?

A vascular physician will interpret the test and a final report will be made available to your physician.

Venous Reflux

What is a Venous Reflux Study?

A Venous Reflux Study checks for reverse blood flow in veins in the legs.

What do I need to do to prepare for the test?

No special preparations are needed, but you will be required to stand during the test.

What happens during the test?

  • You will be asked to remove outer clothing and put on a patient gown.
  • The technologist will place multiple blood pressure cuffs above and below the knee which are attached to an air compressor.
  • While you are bearing no weight on the leg to be examined, the technologist will place a small amount of gel on a special device called a transducer and examine specific locations on the leg.
  • During the test the pressure cuffs will be inflated and deflated as needed.

How long does the test last?

The test takes approximately 45 minutes per leg.

How do I get the results?

A vascular physician will interpret the test and a final report will be made available to your physician. Your doctor will explain the results of the venous duplex to you.

If you have more questions about this test or other cardiac or vascular concerns, call 217-788-3705.