3D CT scans provide a more comprehensive view of complex varicose veins (one of the most common diseases in the world) in the lower extremities, according to a study performed at the Seoul National University Hospital in Seoul, Republic of Korea. This technique aids surgeons to more effectively treat varicose veins.
One hundred patients with varicose veins in their lower extremities underwent 3D CT scans and “images attained were excellent in 76% of patients,” said Jin Wook Chung, MD, and Whal Lee, MD, lead authors of the study. 3D CT scans also gave doctors a closer look at the great saphenous vein (the large superficial vein of the leg and thigh) in 99.5% of all lower extremities being examined.
Varicose veins sit deeply inside fat and 3-D CT allows doctors to have an overview of them. With 3D CT, “the patient and surgeon have a more comprehensive way to see the disease. It shows all aspects of the varicose veins that are important to detect before surgery to prevent recurrence,” according to Drs. Chung and Lee.
“3-D CT makes it easy to understand the disease and make a surgical plan,” said Drs. Chung and Lee.
- Lee, Whal, Chung, Jin Wook, Yin, Yong Hu, Jae, Hwan Jun, Kim, Sang Joon, Ha, Jongwon, Park, Jae Hyung. Three-Dimensional CT Venography of Varicose Veins of the Lower Extremity: Image Quality and Comparison with Doppler Sonography. American Journal of Roentgenology, 2008; 191 (4): 1186 DOI: 10.2214/AJR.07.3471
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