A venous Doppler ultrasound scan serves to image the deep veins in the patient’s arm or leg. The most common reason for referral for this procedure is to determine whether or not there is deep venous thrombosis (DVT or a clot) in one of the deep veins. It is a quick, non-invasive way of confirming or excluding this pathology.
This scan examines
The deep venous system in the arm or leg
Typical requests include
Query deep vein thrombosis
How to prepare for a venous Doppler ultrasound
No preparation is necessary.
What to expect from a venous Doppler ultrasound?
Ultrasound gel is placed on the patient’s leg or arm and the veins are scanned with an ultrasound probe. The sonographer will use a compression technique to flaten the veins in order to prove that they are not filled with thrombus. This is usually not a painful procedure. Multiple images of the veins are taken for analysis by a consultant radiologist. The results of the scan will be sent to the patient’s referring doctor within 48 hours of the examination being carried out.
How long does a venous Doppler ultrasound examination last?