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.