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International Journal of Biomedical Imaging - Volume 2007 2007, Article ID 54616, 9 pages

Research Article Unit of Ultrasound, Department of Medical Imaging, Rambam Medical Center and Faculty of Medicine, Technion–Israel Institute of Technology, P.O. Box 9602, Haifa 31096, Israel

Received 17 September 2006; Accepted 28 September 2006

Academic Editor: Haim Azhari

Copyright © 2007 Diana Gaitini. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The purpose of this article is to review the spectrum of image-based diagnostic tools used in the investigation of suspected deep vein thrombosis DVT. Summary of the experience gained by the author as well as relevant publications, regarding vein imaging modalities taken from a computerized database, was reviewed. The imaging modalities reviewed include phlebography, color Doppler duplex ultrasonography CDDUS, computerized tomography angiography CTA and venography CTV, magnetic resonance venography MRV, and radionuclide venography RNV. CDDUS is recommended as the modality of choice for the diagnosis of DVT. A strategy combining clinical score and D-dimer test refines the selection of patients. Phlebography is reserved for discrepant noninvasive studies.

Autor: Diana Gaitini



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