What is the Venous test using PADnet ™ + designed to do?
When performing a test for Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) at The Foot & Ankle Center, PC in Pooler we utilize the PADnet™+ Venous Edition. This is a tool for the primary diagnosis of insufficiencies and incompetence (damaged valves that no longer close properly) of the superficial venous system within the lower extremity. It can identify only the presence or absence of disease. It is not intended to find the severity, location or source of reflux, the backward flow of blood. (eg, saphenofemoral junction, saphenopopliteal junction, perforators) tributaries, vein size, or vein morphology. It is not a method of detecting Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT). Complete this questionnaire to determine if you should have a CVI test performed.
Is venous testing using the PADnet ™ + a clinically accurate and reproducible test?
Venous testing using PADnet™+ includes a thorough physical examination and automated diagnostic procedure utilizing clinically proven optical probe (photoplethysmography (PPG) technology). The PPG is used to assess the circulatory hemodynamics, or motion of blood in the skin by gauging the perfusion, or transportation of blood and reflux of blood in the lower limb. The venous refill test is a reliable indicator of venous valvular insufficiency. PADnet™+ was tested for substantial equivalency against existing vascular lab equipment performing similar tests (venous refill exam) and was found to be substantially equivalent to such equipment.
Why is a venous refill test of interest to Podiatric Physicians?
Podiatric Medicine is devoted to the study and treatment of disorders of the foot, ankle and leg. Podiatric physicians closely examine the lower extremity and are often most likely to notice signs and symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI) . Also, in the treatment of foot ulcers a Podiatrist needs to be able to differentiate if the underlying cause is arterial or venous related.