How are DVT and PE diagnosed?

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Below you can find a short description of the most common tests performed in order to diagnose a blood clot: an ultrasound examination to detect blood clots in the leg/arm (DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein.) and a CT scan to detect a blood clot in the lung (PEPulmonary Embolism (PE): The condition that describes when a piece of a blood clot breaks loose (embolus) and travels from its original location, through the heart and on to the lungs.).

Ultrasound for DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein. Diagnosis

Most of us know ultrasound from pregnancy examinations but they are often used for other purposes like diagnosing DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein.. This procedure is non-invasive - it may be used after a blood test has shown an elevated D-dimer or it may be used on its own for diagnostic purposes.

Watch the short animation below on how the procedure is performed.

                    

CT scan for PEPulmonary Embolism (PE): The condition that describes when a piece of a blood clot breaks loose (embolus) and travels from its original location, through the heart and on to the lungs. diagnosis

A Computerised Tomography (CT) scan provides your doctors with a 2-dimensional image of your organs. This exam is performed in large scanners in the hospitals or at radiology centers.
Watch the short animation below on how the procedure is performed.

                         

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