Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) Study 

A lower extremity DVT study is a duplex ultrasound performed to evaluate the deep veins (i.e. common femoral vein, femoral vein, popliteal vein and calf veins). An ultrasound is a non-invasive test using sound waves, gel and a small probe to produce an image of the veins in the legs. It uses no dyes, radiations or needles. During your ultrasound: venous patency and direction of flow will be assessed. Vein compression is one of the methods used to rule-out blood clots.


Common indications for this examination include: lower extremity pain, swelling, redness and/or warmth of skin.


Depending on your results, common treatment options can include: compression stockings and systemic anticoagulation medication; in more rare situations: IVC filter placement and throbolytic medication.