Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound is an ultrasound of the deep veins in one or both of your legs.
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.
DVT ultrasound is performed to exclude any thrombosis or clots.
A deep vein thrombosis ultrasound does not require any special preparation.
Although you may wish to wear a loose and comfortable two-piece outfit. Your legs will need to be exposed for the procedure.
During deep vein thrombosis ultrasound you will be asked to lie on your back and/or side and front.
The ultrasound transducer will be pressed along your leg(s) to gain an image of your veins. You will feel pressure but minimal discomfort.
Deep vein thrombosis ultrasound usually takes about 45 minutes.
A deep vein thrombosis ultrasound is a non-invasive procedure so you can return immediately to your usual everyday activities.
Your deep vein thrombosis 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.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) occurs when a blood clot forms in the deep veins of the leg or pelvis. DVT is a potentially serious condition and may lead to pulmonary embolism (PE), a life-threatening condition.
Unexplained leg or calf pain swelling or tenderness.
Swelling of your leg or ankle.
A feeling of warmth in your leg.
Rapid heart rate, shortness of breath, chest pain or coughing up blood.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is usually thought of as a benign condition that can be managed with anticoagulation alone, although recent data indicate a high rate of recurrence. Please contact a doctor when you recognize one of the symptoms.
Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a potentially life-threatening condition in which blood clots form deep within the veins. If the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream, it can block blood flow to the lungs or brain, causing permanent damage.