A Venous Doppler Ultrasound will identify venous blood clots, also known as deep vein thrombosis or DVT.
Most commonly a Venous Doppler scan is performed to search for blood clots in the veins of the legs and sometimes arms. These clots may break off and pass into the lungs, where they can cause a dangerous condition called pulmonary embolism.
You will be given a gown and asked to undress from the waist down and lie flat on an exam table. The table will be tilted so that your legs are below the level of your heart. A Vascular Technologist will then apply a small amount of gel to theupper thigh and place an ultrasound probe near groin. The technologist will acquire images from the groin through the calf using varying degrees of compression.