Lower Extremity Venous Exam
What is a Lower Extremity Venous Exam?

Ultrasound of the lower extremity veins is performed to assess the deep and superficial venous system of the lower extremity (groin to ankle level) to determine the presence or absence of deep or superficial vein thrombosis.


You will be asked to change to a gown with the opening in the front and removing clothing from the waist down.

A highly trained technician will use the probe to evaluate the arteries from your groin to your ankles at several different sites. You will not feel anything during the procedure except the slight pressure and movement of the transducer over your skin.You may need to turn in different positions to adequately view the vasculature and you will be asked to hold your
breath or stop breathing at various times to record the images.

The results of your test will be carefully reviewed and interpreted by the Cardiologist.

Preparing for the Test:

Venous Symptoms: edema, pitting edema, pain, increased limb tenderness, anti-coagulant therapy evaluation, skin discoloration, ulcers, varicose veins and pulmonary embolism.

Further Reading

What is Peripheral Vascular Disease? American Heart Association

Warning Signs of
Heart Attack?
American Heart Association

Warning Signs of Stroke? American Heart Association

Heart Disease and Stroke? American Heart Association