Lower Extremity Venous Reflux Study

What is a Lower Extremity Venous Reflux Study?

A study that helps to evaluate the deep and superficial venous systems for evidence of valvular incompetence.

Why is it done?

Common indications for the performance of lower extremity venous reflux evaluation include, but are not limited to:
  • Preoperative evaluation for venous insufficiency
  • Venous ulcers
  • Pain or feelings of heaviness in the lower extremity
  • Visible varicose veins
  • Pain, edema, discoloration

Who performs the test?

The test is performed by a ultrasonographer specifically trained and licensed in ultrasound imaging.


Where does it take place?

 At Jackson Hospital in the Radiology Department.

How long does it take?

30 minutes to an hour.

What you can do to make it a success?

Please be sure to bring your doctor’s orders with you the day of your test. Allow 15 minutes to register.

What to do before your exam?

There are no special dietary restrictions for this study.
You should take any medications as you normally would.

What happens during your exam?

First, the technologist will explain the exam and may ask you historical questions that aid in obtaining a more diagnostic study.  You may be asked to undress below the waist and a drape or towel may be placed over you. You will lie on a specialized table that will tilt at an angle.   Gel will be spread on your leg(s) to improve the quality of the sound waves. A small handheld unit called a transducer is pressed against your skin and moved back and forth over it.  A picture of the blood vessels can be seen on a video monitor. The sonographer will apply compressions at different levels down each of your legs.   You will need to lie very still while the ultrasound scan is being done and you may be asked to manipulate or bend your leg at different stages of the test.  Doppler sonography is performed throughout the exam and you may hear noises from the machine during this time.


What to do after your exam?

You may resume normal activity after your study. Your test will be reviewed and interpreted by a physician. Your physician should have the results of your study in 24-48 hours.

Contact Information:

Ultrasound Department (at main hospital): (850) 718-2582

Ultrasound Department (at OP Center): (850) 526-6702

Radiology Department: (850) 718-2580

Hospital (main operator): (850) 526-2200