A medical expert, like a doctor, or experienced vascular technician is best able to help you find the information and care you need. This information does not constitute medical advice or diagnosis. A vein mapping, also called a venous insufficiency or venous reflux ultrasound, uses ultrasound imaging to create a map of your veins and arteries. This test can help diagnose chronic venous insufficiency, which is a condition that prevents veins from pumping blood back to the heart. A provider may order a vein mapping test before medical procedures or to check for health conditions that affect blood vessels. For example, a surgeon may use a vein mapping ultrasound to prepare for procedures like bypass graft surgery, or to diagnose Varicose Veins some of which may be hidden under the skin. A vein mapping ultrasound typically takes 30–90 minutes to complete. During the process, a technician applies a cooling gel to the skin and administers ultrasound waves. Patients may feel a cold sensation, but most report virtually no pain.

Vein Mapping Ultrasound

For vein mapping, clothing that can be easily removed from the waist up (arm imaging) or waist down (leg imaging) is recommended.

Varicose veins are often found in patients with: