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Arterial Doppler

This is an ultrasound exam of the arteries in the arms or legs that can help evaluate whether there are blockages caused by plaque in the arteries.

A Doppler ultrasound may help diagnose many conditions, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Poorly functioning valves in the leg veins, which can cause blood or other fluids to pool in the legs
  • Heart valve defects and congenital heart disease
  • A blocked artery
  • Decreased blood circulation into the legs
  • Bulging arteries
  • Narrowing of an artery

How does it work?

During a Doppler ultrasound, an ultrasound tech presses a transducer against the skin over the area of the body being examined, moving from one area to another as necessary.

This test may be done as an alternative to more-invasive procedures, such as angiography.

What can I expect after treatment?

This procedure involves no downtime or recovery.