Spider veins and varicose veins are a common disease
You will find detailed information in our vein dictionary
Before the introduction of modern ultrasound scanning, phlebography was the best means of visualising the leg veins and important for diagnosis of varicose veins. This X-ray examination involves injecting contrast medium (dye) into a vein to make the vein and any pathological changes visible. Today, phlebography is only performed in special cases that cannot be diagnosed by other means.