One of the most common venous disorders is deep vein thrombosis (DVT). While some people are predisposed to developing a deep vein thrombosis based on genetic factors, other people can develop a deep vein thrombosis due to numerous factors such as recent surgery, medications, or extended periods of travel. Regardless, this blood clot is particularly dangerous because it can break apart and cause life-threatening clots in the lungs (a pulmonary embolism) or the brain (a stroke).
When a deep vein thrombosis is suspected, the first step is a lower extremity ultrasound. This test that can quickly and accurately locate a blood clot. Unlike traditional x-rays, an ultrasound does not use any radiation to produce an image. Instead, an ultrasound uses sound waves reflected through various parts of the body to produce an image.
Initial treatment of a DVT is systemic anticoagulation. The type of medication used and the duration will be determined by your physician. If the clot is extensive there are several endovascular procedures that can be performed to improve patient symptoms and prevent future problems.
The quality of any ultrasound image depends on multiple factors. These include the skill of the technician, the quality of the ultrasound machine, and the expertise of the physician reading the scan. Patients requiring a venous ultrasound should seek a physician with a “RPVI” certification. RPVI stands for registered physician in vascular interpretation. To achieve this certification physicians must provide proof they have had instruction in vascular ultrasound as well as pass an examination showing expertise necessary to interpret vascular ultrasounds.
Dr. Kazil is an accomplished Vascular Surgeon in Bradenton, FL who works at the Florida Surgical Clinic in Manatee County. Dr. Kazil is RPVI certified. She has experience in both reading vascular ultrasounds as well as endovascular and open vascular interventions. Patients looking for the best Bradenton Vascular Surgeon should contact Dr. Kazil at the Florida Surgical Clinic for the highest quality vascular care available.