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Diagnosing Deep Vein Thrombosis
The images obtained from the ultrasound are essential for accurate diagnosis and treatment.
Severe left leg DVT.
Ultrasound image of DVT.
How is DVT diagnosed?
The diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis is performed in the The Vascular Lab at Lexington Surgeons, a fully IAC-accredited vascular laboratory with state-of-the-art ultrasound equipment.
How does the Ultrasound equipment work?
The transducer is a handheld device that generates and sends off waves of sound in specific directions and patterns. These sound waves move through the body, including the blood vessels. Some of the sound waves bounce back from the veins and return to the transducer, where they are recognized. These reflected waves are transfered to the ultrasound machine. The machine has a computer that interprets and analyzes the reflected sound waves, and creates images and provides measurements of blood flow. This information is then used make the appropriate diagnosis, and also to guide treatment.
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