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THE QUARTERLY JOURNAL OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE AND MOLECULAR IMAGING
Rivista di Medicina Nucleare e Imaging Molecolare
A Journal on Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Affiliated to the and to the International Research Group of Immunoscintigraphy
Indexed/Abstracted in: Current Contents/Clinical Medicine, EMBASE, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index (SciSearch), Scopus
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Guest Editors: Pistolesi M. and Pupi A.
The Quarterly Journal of Nuclear Medicine 2001 Dicembre;45(4):324-33
Diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis. A re-view of radiologic, radionuclide, and non-imaging methods
Jacobson A. F.
From the Nuclear Medicine Section, VA Puget Sound Health Care System and University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA
Accurate diagnosis of deep venous thrombosis (DVT) can be achieved through appropriate use of the various imaging and non-imaging techniques currently available in clinical practice. This paper summarizes the roles of imaging techniques such as duplex ultrasound, contrast and radionuclide venography, and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as clinical prediction models and D-dimer testing, in the evaluation of patients with suspected DVT. Recent data examining the prognostic value of several of these tests, alone and in combination, are also reviewed. The associations of testing for DVT and pulmonary embolism, and the controversies which sometimes surround them, are also briefly examined.