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Diagnosis

When diagnosing PVD, your doctor will perform a physical exam, review your medical history, and order blood and other diagnostic tests such as:

  • Duplex ultrasound is a non-invasive test that uses high-frequency sound waves to check for blood clots in your thigh veins.
  • Computed tomography (CT) scan is a non-invasive test that uses a computer to analyze a series of X-rays (enhanced with an injected dye) that are taken from different angles to create a detailed still picture of the arteries in your lungs.
  • MRI uses radio waves and a powerful magnetic field to produce detailed images of internal structures.
  • Venography is a non-invasive test that uses high-frequency sound waves to check for blood clots in the arteries.