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 or a long distance flight.
There is no special preparation.
Who does the test?
A Sonographer (technician specialising in ultrasound) will perform the examination and record the ultrasound images. The Radiologist will review these images and provide a written report to your doctor.
You will be asked to change into a cotton gown and 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 midwife/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 Mokoia Radiology for an appointment on (07) 345 5690 or 0800 4 MOKOIA (0800 426723)