Imaging lower limb deep venous thrombosis

Author(s): Dr Neelan Das, Dr R Kaikini, Dr N Wojtasjek, Dr Charlene Barter

Hospital: Kent and Canterbury Hospital

Reference: RAD Magazine, 42, 499, 23-24


A patient presenting with possible deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is one of the most common scenarios that clinicians face on a daily basis. Incidence is estimated to be approximately 1 in 1,000. Due to the potentially fatal consequences of not appropriately diagnosing and treating DVT – specifically pulmonary embolism – the importance of prompt and accurate investigation is the cornerstone to good patient management. Imaging, including specifically compression ultrasonography and contrast venography, can play a role in the diagnosis and increasingly the management of DVT.

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