What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of deep venous thrombosis (DVT)?

Updated: Jun 06, 2019
  • Author: Kaushal (Kevin) Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Barry E Brenner, MD, PhD, FACEP  more...
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Imaging studies used in deep venous thrombosis (DVT) include ultrasonography, venography, impedance plethysmography, MRI, and nuclear imaging. Ultrasonography is the current first-line imaging examination for DVT because of its relative ease of use, absence of irradiation or contrast material, and high sensitivity and specificity in institutions with experienced sonographers.


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