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Symptoms and Diagnosis of Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

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Diagnosing DVT continued...

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This test uses radio frequency waves and a strong magnetic field to create detailed images of the inside of your body.

You lie still on a sliding table while the test takes place. Expect to hear loud tapping or knocking sounds. If needed, you may get a fluid injected into your vein to enhance the images of your blood vessels.

This imaging test is effective at finding DVT in the pelvis, as well as in the thigh. It also allows your doctor to examine both legs at once. However, MRI is much more expensive than other tests.

If you believe you have deep vein thrombosis symptoms, don't wait. Talk to you doctor about diagnostic tests right away.

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Reviewed by Michael W. Smith, MD on February 09, 2012

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