Spider veins and varicose veins are a common disease
You will find detailed information in our vein dictionary
Imaging is very important for the diagnosis of venous diseases, as it allows us to take a look inside the veins.
Modern non-invasive ultrasound displays and identifies pathological (abnormal) changes in the veins and their valves. The use of colour allows us to see where the blood flows and how quickly. Before the introduction of these modern techniques, phlebography was the best way of investigating the leg veins. This technique involves an X-ray examination, in which contrast medium is injected into a vein. Through the contrast medium, the veins and any pathological changes can then be seen. Today phlebography is only used in special cases that cannot be diagnosed by any other means.