DVT

Kelly Ultrasound Center

Ultrasound Clinic located in Greenville, SC

Deep vein thrombosis, or DVT, is a serious medical condition that needs treatment as soon as possible. At Kelly Ultrasound Center in Greenville, South Carolina, ultrasound technology helps your medical team diagnose DVT and structure a treatment plan to preserve your health. Booking an appointment is a matter of a simple phone call, and online scheduling is also an option. Don’t delay setting up your visit, as DVT can be life-threatening if left untreated.

DVT Q & A

What is DVT?

DVT stands for deep vein thrombosis, a condition that arises when a blood clot develops in a vein located deep within your body. This most often occurs in your lower leg or thigh, but they may occur in other areas of the body. 

It can be hard to know if you have DVT because only around half of men and women with the condition experience symptoms. When symptoms are present, they might include:

  • Leg pain
  • Foot or ankle pain
  • Swelling in a foot or ankle
  • Leg cramps that begin in your calf
  • Areas of skin that feel warm to the touch
  • Areas of skin that appear pale, red, or blue

Unfortunately, many cases of DVT go undiagnosed until the blood clot breaks free and travels to a lung. If an artery in your lung becomes blocked by a blood clot, emergency care is needed to avoid death. 

How can an ultrasound help diagnose DVT?

A special type of ultrasound called a lower extremity venous ultrasound creates images of the blood vessels in your legs. These images can help your doctor determine if a blood clot is present and create a treatment plan to address existing blood clots.

At Kelly Ultrasound Center, you can have this type of ultrasound in one or both legs, depending on your needs. In addition to diagnosing DVT or ruling out the presence of a blood clot, a lower extremity venous ultrasound can also detect signs of:

  • Tissue mass or lump
  • Superficial thrombosis
  • Lower extremity ulcer
  • Cellulitis

An upper extremity venous ultrasound can provide the same level of insight into the blood flow in your arms. The process only takes 20-40 minutes, depending on whether one or both limbs are examined. Your ordering physician will have the results within 24-48 hours. 

How can I prevent DVT?

A great way to reduce your risk of developing DVT is by making improvements in your lifestyle. Take steps to reach and maintain a healthy weight, and keep your blood pressure under control. If you smoke, find a cessation program that works for you. 

You should also take care to avoid sitting in one position for lengthy periods. Stand up and move around frequently, even if you’re recovering from an injury or stuck sitting in the middle seat on an airplane. Even rotating your feet and stretching out your legs while sitting can be beneficial in preventing blood clots. 

If your doctor is concerned about your circulation and your risk of blood clots and DVT, schedule an ultrasound with Kelly Ultrasound Center today. You are welcome to call the office or request an appointment online.