Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Diagnosis: The Role of Venous Vascular Ultrasound

DVT is the third most common vascular disease behind heart attacks and strokes which can occur at any age, but mostly occur in older adults who are over the age of 60. It occurs when a blood clot is formed in a vein that is located in your body, usually in the leg. While it is not a dangerous disease itself, if the blood clot is not treated earlier then it leads to severe complications. It is a treatable disease, but early diagnosis is essential. Learn about the role of venous vascular ultrasound in diagnosing DVT in this article. Get a consultation with the best cardiologists in Brooklyn.


If your doctor suspects you have a genetic or acquired clotting disorder, then you may need some special blood tests. It is mostly possible, if:

  • You have a blood clot history or any other cause that doesn’t show in tests.
  • Have blood clots in an unusual location, such as veins of your intestines, liver, kidney, or brain.
  • Have a strong family history of blood clots.
  • Have a family history of a specific genetic clotting disorder.

This way doctors can diagnose DVT and start your treatment.


Why does a doctor recommend venous vascular ultrasound?

When diagnosing any vascular disease that may affect your larger veins such as DVT. Usually, doctors recommend venous vascular ultrasound because it gives many benefits:

  1. Easy to use and less expensive compared to other imaging methods.
  2. High accuracy in diagnosing blood flow in larger veins, tissues, and internal organs.
  3. It is a non-invasive risk-free test as it doesn’t need injections, catheters, or radiation.
  4. Ultrasound produces a clear image of soft tissues that doesn’t show well enough on x-ray images.
  5. Venous ultrasound can detect blood clots in the veins of the legs before they can be dislodged and passed to the lungs. As it can measure the movement of blood within blood vessels.


However, ultrasound may be the first preference of the doctor to diagnose DVT in your legs. But if your test result comes negative, and the doctor suspects that you may have DVT in your smaller veins in areas where ultrasound is not highly accurate then the doctor prefers other imaging tests to diagnose DVT.


Venous vascular ultrasound plays a significant role in diagnosing DVT if it occurs in larger veins of the legs above the knee which occurs in most cases. That’s why the doctor recommends venous vascular ultrasound to diagnose DVT in the first place. However, if a doctor suspects your DVT may occur in smaller veins below the knee then other imaging methods have high accuracy in diagnosing DVT.


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