How to Diagnose Deep Vein Thrombosis?

Q:
How to diagnose deep vein thrombosis?

A:
You doctor may ask you about your symptoms and give you a physical exam to diagnose deep vein thrombosis. Areas of swelling, tenderness or discoloration on your skin can be checked. Tests might be suggested include:

  • Ultrasound. A wandlike device (transducer) placed over the part of your body where there’s a clot sends sound waves into the area to get a moving image on a video screen.
  • Blood test. It is used to detect an elevated blood level of a substance called D dimer.
  • Venography. A dye is injected into a large vein in your foot or ankle to look for clots through an X-ray.
  • CT or MRI scans. They can provide visual images of your veins.

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