Arterial Doppler Ultrasound is a type of ultrasound that can be used to estimate your blood flow through blood vessels by bouncing high frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off circulating blood cells.
Arterial Doppler Ultrasound can help diagnose blood clots, poorly functioning valves, blocked arteries, and circulation problems, among many others.
What to Expect
During your Doppler exam, an ultrasound technician will press a small device called a transducer against the area they want to examine. The Doppler can estimate how fast blood is flowing by measuring the rate of change in its pitch or frequency. The test itself is noninvasive and generally takes less than an hour. When your examination is finished the radiologist will be able to interpret the images that were produced by the Doppler and a report will be sent to your physician.
Your physician will refer you for Arterial Doppler Ultrasound if this is the best option for you.