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Diagnostic Services

Physicians at the University of Chicago Medicine use the latest technology and techniques to deliver definitive diagnoses for patients who may have venous thromboembolism (VTE) and/or related conditions. Our common diagnostic tools include:

  • Duplex ultrasonography determines the speed of blood flow in the arteries and veins
  • Dual-energy computed tomography (CT) pulmonary angiography is used to identify a pulmonary embolism
  • Ventilation-perfusion scan measures breathing and circulation in the lungs
  • Cardiopulmonary exercise testing is used to evaluate the effect of blood clots on the cardiopulmonary system
  • Venography will use contrast dye in the veins of the legs or arms to show any blood clots or blockages
  • Invasive pulmonary angiography will allow your physicians to identify blood clots in the lungs and determine the best treatment
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can provide a very detailed image of the blood vessels or heart

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