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Diagnosing Varicose and Spider Veins at UPMC in South Central Pa.

The vascular specialists at UPMC in South Central Pa. use the latest tools and technology to diagnose varicose and spider veins.

Why choose UPMC in South Central Pa. for varicose and spider vein treatment?

The vein care specialists at UPMC in South Central Pa. understand that each varicose vein or spider vein diagnosis is unique. That’s why we take the time to conduct a thorough exam using the latest diagnostic tools and recommend the best treatment for you.

How are varicose and spider veins diagnosed?

Your vascular specialists may use one or more procedures to diagnose varicose veins and spider veins, including:

  • Duplex ultrasound. Duplex ultrasound is a type of vascular ultrasound procedure that assesses blood flow and the structure of your leg veins. The term "duplex" refers to the fact that two modes of ultrasound are used: Doppler and B-mode. The B-mode transducer (like a microphone) obtains an image of the vessel being studied. The Doppler probe within the transducer evaluates the velocity and direction of blood flow in the vessel.
  • Color-flow imaging (triplex ultrasound). Triplex ultrasound is a procedure similar to duplex ultrasound that uses color to highlight the direction of blood flow. Vessels in which blood is flowing are colored red for flow in one direction and blue for flow in the other, with a color scale that reflects the speed of the flow.
  • Computed tomography venography (CTV). CTV is a diagnostic procedure that uses computed tomography (CT) scanning technology to produce detailed images of your veins. This test allows your doctor to see your blood vessels and the blood flow through them.

Need more information?

Call the UPMC in South Central Pa. Vein Center at: 717-920-4500

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2808 Old Post Road
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Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-920-4500
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