Venous upper limb is a procedure using ultrasound of the veins in one or both of arms.

Through a hand-held transducer and gel applied directly on your skin, ultrasound uses non-radiation sound wave technology to create an echo image of the organs and vessels in your body.

Venous Upper Limb

A venous upper limb ultrasound does not require any special preparation.

Although you may wish to wear a loose and comfortable two-piece outfit. Your arms will need to be exposed for the procedure.  

During venous upper limb you may be asked to lie on your back and/or side.

The ultrasound transducer will be pressed along your arms to gain an image of your veins. You will feel pressure but minimal discomfort.

During the procedure your arms might be squeezed to determine the particular patterns and characteristics of the blood flow in your veins.

Venous upper limb ultrasound usually takes about 60 minutes.

Venous upper limb ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure so you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities.

Your venous upper limb ultrasound results will be reviewed and the report will be sent to your referring doctor. It is best to make an appointment with them to follow up on the results.

The venous drainage of the upper limb is to the axillary vein, which lies lateral to the brachial artery and superficial to the pectoralis major muscle. The axillary vein then joins the subclavian vein to form the axillary vein. The axillary vein then joins the subclavian vein to form the axillary vein.

The veins of the upper limb are superficial veins, which serve to return blood to the heart. The superficial veins of the upper limb are: The cephalic, basilic vein, Median vein, Cubital vein, Dorsal vein of the hand, Dorsal venous arch of the foot, Perforating veins of the upper limb and Veins of the dorsum of the foot.

The upper limb veins include:
The anterior and posterior jugular veins.
Subclavian veins.
Axillary veins.
Veins that run in the arm.
The anterior and posterior jugular veins are the most extensive in the human body. They drain blood from the brain and upper neck into the subclavian vein.

Upper extremity venous ultrasound is performed in a very similar fashion to lower extremity venous ultrasound.
The transducer is placed in the transverse plane, and images are made from proximal to distal, with the patient’s arm slightly abducted.

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