How to diagnose varicose veins?
Since most veins lie deep to the skin’s surface, vein disorders are not always
visible to the naked eye. This is more so in dark skinned individuals. As a result,
diagnostic ultrasound (Colour Doppler) is often used to determine the
cause and severity of the problem.
A MR venography may also be needed to define the veins well or look for
vascular malformations. Sometimes, your surgeon may ask for an abdominal
ultrasound as well, to look for any abdominal mass that may be pressing on
your big veins, resulting in reflux and varicose veins. This is also useful to pick up
reflux in the pelvic veins, causing pelvic congestion syndrome.
Rarely, you need further tests if your surgeon feels necessary.