Thrombosis is a very serious disease because blood-flow is blocked by a small clod inside the vein. If the clod is released it might come into the lung bronchiae and obstruct your respiration causing death. Or a released clod may be transported into the brain and cause a brain stroke.
Thrombosis patients are used to a daily medication that should prevent clodding. But sometimes the medication is incorrect or forgotten by the patient. Or influenced by other foodstuff or drinks. Or another disturbance of the daily pattern causes blood thickening and this results sometimes in an obstruction of the blood flow. In that case the patient should be treated immediately with special medication that dissolves the clod.
Many thrombosis patients fear this moment and are very cautious and sensitive to abnormal feelings in e.g. their lower limbs . They think they can feel the clod formation and inform their home doctor. Immediate diagnostic ultrasound scanning is than needed. This is expensive and, because in most cases the result is negative, it is not necessary.
A rapid do-it-yourself thrombosis indicator will prevent most of these unnecessary hospital scans and comfort the patient. If he remains uncomfortable he might still go for a professional hospital diagnosis.
aRTe currently investigates the feasibility of a do-it-yourself thrombosis indicator. An innovative, non-invasive, high-tech piece of equipment that works with ultrasound and rapid blood-in-vein visualisation based on inverse mathematics.