Diagnostic testing for blood clots or DVT is most commonly done by having a color duplex ultrasound. It is important that this be done by a qualified sonographer. The technologist or sonographer should be registered in vascular ultrasound (RVT, RVS) and ideally have a minimum of 3 years experience. Differing organizations have different quality standards when it comes to venous imaging, the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC) has the highest standard in regards to vascular testing. Vein Specialists performs testing according to the standards set forth by the IAC in vascular testing and only employs highly experienced Registered Vascular Technologists.
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is a condition in which the blood clots or forms a (thrombus) in one or more of the intramuscular or deep veins in your body. This occurs primarily in the lower extremity. One of the primary risk factors for DVT is stagnation such as when traveling by plane or car for over three hours, post surgically if lying in bed for long periods of time. A change in blood chemistry such as taking hormone, certain prescriptions or having transfusions during surgery put an individual at risk. Trauma such as a car accident or broken bone is also another risk factor for developing deep vein thrombus. Blood clotting disorders also put patient at higher risk, so it is important to have a good family history.
Deep vein thrombosis is a serious condition because a blood clot that has formed in your vein can break loose, travel through your bloodstream and lodge in your lungs, blocking blood flow (pulmonary embolism).