Doppler Ultrasound: Exams & Preparation
What is a Doppler Ultrasound?
Doppler Ultrasound – Doppler Ultrasound is used to detect moving blood cells and to measure their direction and speed of movement. Our Doppler ultrasound permits real-time viewing of blood flow that cannot be obtained by other methods. Doppler aids in the evaluation of the major arteries and veins of the body, the heart, and in obstetric for fetal monitoring.
A Doppler ultrasound may help diagnose many conditions, including:
- Blood clots
- Poorly functioning valves in your leg veins, which can cause blood or other fluids to pool in your legs (venous insufficiency)
- Heart valve defects and congenital heart disease
- A blocked artery (arterial occlusion)
- Decreased blood circulation into your legs (peripheral artery disease)
- Bulging arteries (aneurysms)
- Narrowing of an artery, such as in your neck (carotid artery stenosis)