How are DVT and PE diagnosed?

Find out what to expect when you are being diagnosed

Your doctor has a few options for diagnosing deep vein thrombosisThrombosis refers to abnormal, life-threatening blood clots that form in the artery or vein. (DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein.) or pulmonary embolism (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. If it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism.). Read on here to find out more about the different procedures.

D-dimer test for DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein. diagnosis

This blood test detects the by-products of a blood clot and helps doctors identify if someone has DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein.. It is possible for a D-dimer test to come back positive because it detects blood clot fragments from another injury, such as a cut or scrape. Therefore further tests are needed to fully verify a DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein. diagnosis.

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; a health professional will move a hand-held device up and down your legs and watch the screen to see if a thrombus (blood clot) is evident.

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

If your doctor does not have a clear result after performing a D-dimer test and/or ultrasound, he or she may use a venogram test. In this procedure, a special dye will be injected into a vein in your foot and then an X-ray is used to take images of your leg. If you have DVTDeep Vein Thrombosis (DVT): The condition that describes when a blood clot, or thrombus, develops in a deep vein., the X-rays will show the dye gathered around the clot.

Computerised Tomography (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. If it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism. diagnosis

A CT scan provides your doctors with a 2-dimensional image of your organs. To find out whether you have pulmonary embolism (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. If it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism.), your doctor will inject a special dye into your blood. Images from the CT scan make it possible to see the blood vessels in your lungs, and identify if there is a clot.

Lung scan or Ventilation Perfusion Scan (V/Q 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. If it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism. diagnosis

A V/Q scan shows the flow of air through your lungs and in doing so will help your doctors identify if you have 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. If it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism.. With this procedure, you will inhale a special gas; the V/Q scan will then highlight how the gas flows through your lungs. At the same time, you will receive an injection that shows how blood is flowing through your lungs. Your doctor can identify 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. If it becomes lodged in the blood vessels of the lung, it is called a pulmonary embolism. when the scan shows that part of your lungs has air flowing through but not blood.


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