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Mobile Radiology in Pinellas County, Florida
MedX Diagnostic Services
4707 140th Ave. N., Suite 107, Clearwater, FL 33762 Phone: (727) 524-7760, Fax: (727) 524-7761|
(Ultrasound, vascular studies, cardiac studies and monitoring)
| Mobile Ultrasound Services, 1-800-441-5666|
(Cardiac Echocardiograms, Holter monitors, Vascular & General
X-ray and EKG services (mobile)
Home Care X-ray Services 727-531-5885 (mobile xray and EKG services)
Rads Mobile X-ray and Digital Imaging,
or (727) 376-0925
(mobile xray and EKG services)
What is Deep Vein Thrombosis?
|A deep vein thrombosis is a blood clot that
forms in a deep vein, usually in the legs or hips. They also can
occur in other parts of the body. Blood clots in the veins of the thigh
are usually more serious than blood clots that happen in veins in your
lower leg. If a clot in a vein breaks off and travels through your
bloodstream, it can lodge in your lung. This is called a pulmonary
embolism which can be a life-threatening condition.
Blood clots also can occur in veins that are close to the surface of the
skin. These types of blood clots are called superficial venous
thrombosis or phlebitis. Blood clots in superficial veins cannot travel
to the lungs.
Ultrasound is the main test used to help diagnose deep vein
thrombosis. It is completely pain free.
A handheld device is passed
back and forth on the surface of the affected area, sending sound waves from the
body to a machine that generates and displays a picture of the blood flow on a
video screen for a doctor to evaluate.
At times additional testing is needed:
ultrasounds, usually done a few days to a week apart.
Venography. In venography, a contrast dye is injected into
the veins to make them visible on an X-ray picture.
Additional tests may be used when ultrasound results are
unclear and venography is not available or results do not
provide a clear diagnosis. These tests may help diagnose or
exclude a blood clot in the leg but are not frequently needed.
Additional tests may include:
D-dimer test. This blood test is sometimes used either
before ultrasound or after ultrasound if the results or not
clear to rule out the possibility of deep vein thrombosis in
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
- Computed tomography (CT) scan.
(1) Deep Vein Thrombosis from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institute of Health
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