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Panama City, FL
A 21-year-old female asked:

can a ct scan of the leg give any indication of a blood clot at all?

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Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology 21 years experience
Probably not: Ultrasound is the best test for blood clots in the legs. A CT of the leg without contrast would only show indirect signs - edema, or swelling, in the tissues may show up if the DVT is extensive enough. With IV contrast, a DVT may be visible on CT. In general, a "normal" CT of the leg is not sufficient to rule out a blood clot.

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Lynnwood, WA
A 34-year-old female asked:

Can a CT scan see if there is a blood clot in leg? If so, will it always show up or do they need to be specifically looking for a blood clot??

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Dr. Ken Levin
Dr. Ken Levin answered
Radiology 44 years experience
Perhaps: A CT scan may show a blood clot. However, the current approach to assessing blood clots is Doppler ultrasound.

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Last updated Aug 15, 2019

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