Blood Vessel Procedures (artery and vein problems, stroke, DVT deep vein thrombosis)

Blood clot procedures in St. Louis


Blood clots are semi solid masses of blood. Normally, blood flows freely through veins and arteries. Some blood clotting or coagulation is necessary and normal. Blood clotting helps stop bleeding if you are cut or injured. However, when too much clotting occurs, it can cause serious complications. When a blood clot forms it can be stationary (called a thrombosis) and block blood flow or break loose (called an embolism) and travel to various parts of the body. Blod clots can form in arteries or veins and can occur in many different parts of the body: legs and arms, heart, lungs, brain and abdomen. A blood clot can be life-threatening depending on the location and severity. Evaluation of your clot differs depending on the location and type. The following imaging tests can be used to evaluate a clot: ultrasound, Doppler ultrasound, MR angiography, chest CT (computed tomography) scan, chest x-ray, abdominal/pelvic CT (computed tomography) scan, and head CT (computed tomography). Treatment of your clot may include catheter directed thrombolysis, a procedure that delivers "clot busting" drugs to the site of the clot or an inferior vena cava filter placement, which places a filter into your vein to help prevent blood clot fragments from traveling through the veins to the heart or lungs.

Imaging Areas

arms and legs, blood, blood vessels, bone, brain, lungs, children, abdomen, head, neck and thyroid, hormone, kidney, pelvis, liver, uterus, fallopian tubes, ovary, spine

Typical Preparations

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