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What Is An Arterial And Venous Doppler?

An Arterial and Venous Doppler works to measure and record blood flow through the use of sound waves and a transducer.

When Might I Need An Arterial and Venous Doppler Procedure?

Your doctor may use an Arterial and Venous Doppler Procedure to evaluate and identify any:

  • Blockages
  • Clots
  • Narrowing of The Vessels
  • Vein Abnormalities
  • Tumors
  • Blood Flow Problems (that may indicate Peripheral Artery Disease)

This procedure will not only confirm or rule out arterial blockage, it will allow the doctor to identify where the blockages are and how bad they are.

What Should I Expect?

During the procedure, a gel product will be applied to the area being examined, and a transducer will then be moved along the area. This transducer will read the sound waves as they detect blood flow, and will use this information to note and record any changes in blood pressure/flow. You will be asked to lie silently while the sonographer gathers images of your blood vessels.

If you notice a whooshing sound, don’t worry – it’s normal! What you are hearing is your blood flowing through your veins and arteries.

How Should I Prepare For The Procedure?

To prepare for an Arterial and Venous Doppler, you will need to remove clothing from the areas being evaluated. It is also important to talk to your doctor about any medications you are taking, as they may affect the results of your test.

If you have any questions about this procedure, please ask your doctor during your next appointment.

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