The diagnosis of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) can be difficult to make based on symptoms and clinical exam alone. Tests are required to establish the diagnosis and treat accordingly. The most common test used to diagnosis DVT is duplex ultrasound in which the veins of the affected limb are viewed and compressed with an ultrasound transducer for the presence of flow and compressibility.
Ultrasound can be supplemented by a simple blood test for D-dimer, a breakdown product of clot formation that is usually elevated in the presence of blood clots.
How to receive a duplex ultrasound at Inova
To receive a Duplex Ultrasound at Inova, you must have a valid written order from your doctor. Once you have your prescription order in hand, please call 877-634-6682 to schedule an appointment for this cardiac noninvasive diagnostic test.