What is it?
A Venous Doppler Examination uses ultrasound to create a two-dimensional picture of your veins. This test is helpful in diagnosing a blood clot or a DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis.) or to test the valves in the veins of your leg. This exam may also be used to check the suitability of a vein that may be needed for an upcoming surgical procedure.

What kind of symptoms might I experience if I had a deep vein thrombosis or venous valve problems?
There are many signs and symptoms that you may experience, depending on how acute or chronic your vein problem is.  Some of the symptoms you may experience are:
  • Limb swelling
  • Pain/Tenderness
  • Acute shortness of breath (occasionally a pulmonary embolus or blood clot in the lung is caused by a blood clot in the leg which has broken off a traveled to the lung)
  • Lower leg ulcers that won’t heal or chronic skin discoloration, particularly in the ankle area.