Lower Limb DVT Ultrasound

What is a Lower Limb DVT Ultrasound?

A Lower Limb DVT Ultrasound is a non-invasive test used to look for blood clots, especially in the veins of the legs.

How does it work?

Ultrasound gel will be placed on your legs. The Sonographer will use a small hand-held device that emits sound waves to produce images of your lower limb arteries whilst gently squeezing your calf. From those images, an assessment of the blood flow in your lower limb arteries is made and then reviewed by a Vascular Surgeon. 

How do I prepare for the test?

No special preparation is required for a Lower Limb DVT Ultrasound. Eat, drink and take your medication as usual. You will need to remove clothing from your legs, leaving underwear on.

How long does the test take?

A Lower Limb DVT Ultrasound takes approximately 60 minutes.