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glossary:venography

An x-ray test that provides an image of the leg veins after a contrast dye is injected into a vein in the patient's foot.

Purpose

Venography is primarily performed to diagnose deep vein thrombosis (a condition that can lead to pulmonary embolism. It is the standard procedure used to detect this type of disorder. Venography can also be used to distinguish blood clots from obstructions in the veins, to evaluate congenital vein problems, to see how the deep leg vein valves are working, and to identify a vein for arterial bypass grafting.

glossary/venography.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)