Doppler Ultrasound

A Doppler ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to examine parts of the body. It looks at the motion of fluids in the blood vessels.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After the test, call your doctor if symptoms become worse.

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    A Doppler ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to examine parts of the body. It looks at the motion of fluids in the blood vessels.

    Major Abdominal Arteries and Veins
    Aorta and Vena Cava
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  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Test

    Doppler ultrasound is used to:

    • View the flow of blood through vessels and/or the heart
    • View and evaluate blockages to blood flow, such as clots
    • Assess build-up of plaque inside a vessel

    • Monitor blood flow through repaired blood vessels such as
      bypass grafts
    • Examine a baby during a pregnancy

  • Possible Complications

    In most cases, there are no complications with this test.