A peripheral venous duplex scan is a test that uses sound waves to image the blood flow to the veins of your arms or legs. The peripheral veins are examined to check for deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot in the large veins of the arms or legs).
Why you are having this procedure (symptoms/indications):
Your doctor may have ordered a peripheral venous duplex scan to evaluate redness, tenderness, swelling or pain in your arms or legs.
Prep for the procedure:
There is no preparation for the test.
What to expect:
You will have to remove your clothing and wear a gown. You will be asked to lie on your back during the test. You may be asked to change positions during the test. The lights in the room will be dim. The sonographer will place a probe (ultrasound transducer) with gel on it on your arms and legs. The probe will be moved around your arms and legs to see different views of your peripheral veins. The test will take about an hour to complete.
There are no known risks associated with this test.
Post procedure instructions/limitations:
If your test is negative, you may resume your normal activities immediately following the test.