Ultrasound – The Key to Imaging for DVT
Sudden onset of leg swelling should raise concern for the possibility of DVT (deep venous thrombosis), a potentially life-threatening problem. Diagnosis of DVT is typically made with a lower extremity ultrasound. This exam is crucial not only to establishing a correct diagnosis, but also helps determine the appropriate treatment plan for the patient.
DVT is a clot in the deep veins, most commonly the legs. DVT is serious due to the risk of the clots making their way to the lungs (known as pulmonary embolus). When a DVT is discovered, treatment must begin as soon as possible, usually by taking blood thinners.
Ultrasound is utilized not only to diagnose DVT, but also to follow its progress. Typically patients are followed routinely with periodic ultrasounds during the course of their anti-coagulation. Ultimately the skill and knowledge of the person performing and interpreting the ultrasound are critical to long-term results, and in determining when to stop taking the medication.
Ultrasound at Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center
Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center prides itself in the fact that it’s medical director, Dr. Mark Rayman, is an expert interventional radiologist and phlebologist. In over 20 years of practice in the field he has great experience in the performance and interpretation of diagnostic venous ultrasound. He has also performed thousands of procedures under ultrasound guidance…and has treated many patients with DVT. He has a vast knowledge of venous anatomy and over the years has taught many physicians and technologists about the subtleties of venous ultrasound and treatment.
The best vein treatment programs perform high quality ultrasound on-site – for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up. At Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center you can be assured that you will be evaluated and treated by an expert – leading to the best care possible for your problematic veins.
If you or a loved one have concerns regarding DVT, contact Beach Cities Vein and Laser Center at (310) 986-6500 and make an appointment today.