Did you ask for a CT Scan?

New technology can help find unusual causes of varicose veins.

Sometimes the cause of your varicose veins seems like a mystery. You followed all the prevention tips, you took the necessary nutrients, and you even had surgery but you’re still having circulation problems. You may feel pain in your leg, there may be signs of swelling or aching, or new varicose veins may form.

Traditionally, phlebologists has been using a Doppler ultrasonography (also called a duplex sonography) to find which veins are malfonctioning in your lower body. And this is good! If your physician has not done a duplex sonography on your legs before deciding on your treatment, it should rise a red flag. Don’t hesitate to demand it.

However, ultrasound, because of its limited field of view, has its limitations. Deep varicose veins can be missed. And because of that, a “successful’ varicose veins removal treatment can miss its goal: to remove the source of your symptoms.

But in the last few years, a new technology has been available to determine the precise source of your varicose veins. Computed tomographic venography (also known as CT scan)

A study performed at the Department of Radiology of the Seoul National University College of Medicine between 2003 and 2008 confirmed that CT scans are useful when it comes to determine unusual causes of varicose veins.

If that is your case, ask for it. It could help your surgeon or phlebologist be more effective at getting you rid of varicose veins for good.


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