DVT LEG VEINS STUDY
What is this scan for?
A condition often referred to as deep vein thrombosis (DVT) means thrombosis (clotting) of blood in the deep veins of the legs. It can cause swelling and pain in the leg, but often occurs without giving any symptoms. If a DVT extends up the deep veins, a blood clot may create chest pain, and sometimes coughing up of blood and breathlessness or it can cause long term swelling and skin problems at the ankle.
The main danger is that the clot may break up and travel up to the lungs blocking blood flow and oxygenation. This can be life-threatening.
What does this scan show?
The imaging identifies blood clots in the veins of one leg.
The Ultrasound Scan Procedure
Venous ultrasound uses sound waves to produce pictures of the body’s veins. Ultrasound does not use ionizing radiation and has no known harmful effects. During the ultrasound scan the sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then press firmly on the skin with an ultrasound probe, moving it around until they have obtained the desired images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.
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