Ultrasound Scan for DVT

Why have a DVT scan?

Your doctor will suggest you have an ultrasound scan to exclude clots in the veins. You may have a swollen or painful leg and been involved in some trauma, surgical or a long distance flight.


There is no special preparation. Please bring any relevant x-rays or scans.

Who does the test?

A Sonographer (technician specialising in ultrasound) will perform the examination and record the ultrasound images on CD. The Radiologist will review these images and provide a written report to your doctor.

The Procedure

You will be asked to lie on a narrow bed. The Sonographer will spread warm gel on the area to be examined usually from the groin to the ankle. This will allow us to obtain high quality images. The Sonographer will ask you to lie on your back initially and then possibly turn onto your stomach about halfway through the examination to examine the veins at the back of your legs.

After the examination is completed the Sonographer will wipe the gel off your skin, and you will be allowed to change into your own clothes.

How long does it take?

This procedure takes 20-30 minutes.

After the Examination

The Radiologist will review the ultrasound images and provide a written to your Doctor. If there is a clot, we will ring your doctor while you are still here to see what the next step in your care will be.

Please settle your account on the day of the examination.

Please contact Hamilton Radiology 07-839 4909 or 0800-HAMRAD (426 723) for an appointment. 


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