How are blood clots diagnosed?
Blood clot symptoms can mimic other health conditions. Doctors use a variety of tests to detect blood clots and/or rule out other causes. If your doctor suspects a blood clot, he or she may recommend:
- Blood work: in certain scenarios, a simple blood test is all one needs to rule out a blood clot.
- Ultrasound provides a clear view of your veins and blood flow.
- CT scan of the head, abdomen, or chest, depending on where your symptoms stem from. Doctors may use this imaging test to confirm a blood clot’s presence. The test also can help rule out other potential causes of your symptoms.
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA), is an imaging test similar to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test. An MRA looks specifically at blood vessels.
- V/Q scan tests circulation of air and blood in the lungs.