Inferior Vena Cava and Iliac Veins

A vascular ultrasound of the inferior vena cava and iliac veins is an exam to check the major veins in your abdomen and pelvis for any evidence of obstruction or blood clots.

Ultrasound is a harmless and safe technology that does not use radiation and does not require injection of any chemical.

The S. Mark Taper Foundation Imaging Center has a specialized team of physicians and technologists who are experts in ultrasound technology.

Before Your Exam

  • Please do not eat or drink six hours before your exam. You may take any scheduled medication with a sip of water.
  • If your doctor gave you an order, please bring it with you.
  • Bring a magazine, book or music player to help you pass the time in case you have to wait.
  • Leave valuables and jewelry at home.

During Your Exam

  • You will be lying on the exam table on your back with your hands at your sides. The technologist will apply a warm gel to your abdomen and pelvis and a transducer or a small microphone will be used to examine your veins
  • You will hear the sound of moving blood during the exam. Do not be alarmed; it is harmless. The exam will take approximately 60 minutes.

After Your Exam

  • Your study will be read by a physician who will send the results to your doctor. Your doctor, who ordered the study, will explain the findings to you.
  • If you have problems related to your procedure, please call 310-423-8000.
  • To request a copy of your report, please call 310-423-8000, option 2 or submit an online request.
  • For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 310-423-8000.