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We hope that this information will help to prepare you for the venous exam. It is advisable to wear loose shorts to the consultation which will allow for clearer visibility to your inner thigh and groin areas. Alternatively, we will provide you with an examination gown. If you currently wear or have previously worn pressure stockings, please bring them with you. You will be asked to complete a medical history questionnaire prior to your examination; please be certain to have a list of your current medication, if applicable. The physical exam includes a series of photographs, and drawing (mapping) of your veins. In the vast majority of cases you will be given the option to have an ultrasound examination. This can be done at the same visit if pre-booked, or scheduled for another day. The ultrasound exam is performed in a standing position, approximately 30 inches up off of the floor and lasts on average 20 – 40 minutes depending on your individual situation. You will periodically be asked to breathe deeply and hold your breath. The physician will also apply some manual compression to your calves, which squeezes the blood out of the vessels and allows for measurements to be taken with a probe. There is no pain associated with this study. If you feel the need to take a break or change position, please inform the doctor verbally, since he cannot see your face during the exam. This service is not covered by MSP or third party insurance policies.