Venous Duplex Ultrasound
(Venous Duplex Study; B-mode Imaging)
Reasons for Test
To investigate the cause of the following symptoms in an arm or leg:
- Increased warmth
- Bulging veins
To diagnose the following:
- A blood clot, like deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Poor vein function
|Deep Vein Thrombosis|
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What to Expect
Prior to Test
Description of Test
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
Call Your Doctor
- Your symptoms continue or worsen
- You develop any new symptoms
Family Doctor—American Academy of Family Physicians http://familydoctor.org
Radiology Info—Radiological Society of North America http://www.radiologyinfo.org
Canadian Cardiovascular Society http://www.ccs.ca
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Deep vein thrombosis (DVT). EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated May 5, 2014. Accessed May 7, 2014.
Matic PA, Vlajinac HD, et al. Chronic venous disease: Correlation between ultrasound findings and the clinical, etiologic, anatomic and pathophysiologic classification. Phlebology. 2014;29(8):522-527.
Ultrasound—venous (extremities). Radiological Society of North America Radiology Info website. Available at: http://www.radiologyinfo.org/en/info.cfm?PG=venousus. Updated August 27, 2013. Accessed May 7, 2014.
Venous ultrasound of the legs (lower extremity doppler). Harvard Health Publications. Available at: http://www.health.harvard.edu/diagnostic-tests/venous-ultrasound-of-the-legs.htm. Accessed May 7, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael J. Fucci, DO
- Review Date: 01/2015 -
- Update Date: 05/07/2014 -
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