Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) has been defined as a serious condition that occurs when a blood clot forms in a vein located deep inside your body. A blood clot is a clump of blood that’s turned to a solid state.
Deep vein blood clots typically form in your thigh or lower leg, but they can also develop in other areas of your body.
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How is DVT diagnosed?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Duplex ultrasonography (also known as ultrasound) is an imaging test that uses sound waves to look at the flow of blood in the veins. It can detect blockages or blood clots in the deep veins. At Diagnostic Imaging Services, we refer to this exam as a venous ultrasound with color doppler imaging.
It is the standard imaging test to diagnose this type of thrombosis.
Often times, DVT is found within the calf or in the area of the calf muscle. According to WebMD, common symptoms include:
- Swelling in one or both legs.
- Pain or tenderness in your leg, ankle, foot, or arm. It might feel like a cramp or charley horse that you can’t get rid of.
- Warm skin on your leg.
- Red or discolored skin on your leg.
- Veins that are swollen, red, hard, or tender to the touch that you can see.
Deep vein thrombosis is considered to be a common medical condition, with the Mayo Clinic estimating more than 200,000 cases per year. Although DVT is considered a serious condition, it is treatable when diagnosed properly and treated by a medical professional. Left untreated, it can be a critical, life-threatening condition.
Where does DIS perform ultrasound exams?
Ultrasound testing is performed at the following DIS facilities:
- Metairie – 4241 Veterans Memorial Boulevard, Suite 100
- Marrero – 925 Avenue C
- Slidell – 1310 Gause Boulevard
- Covington – 71154 Highway 21
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