Arterial Doppler

What is an Arterial Doppler?  

An Arterial Doppler is an ultrasound study of the arteries located in your arm or legs.  High frequency sound waves (ultrasound) are used to obtain images of structure in the body.  The ultrasound images can help the clinician evaluate arterial blockages, such as plaque in arteries.

Why did the Clinician order this exam/study?

Your clinician may use this study to help diagnose and treat a variety of conditions such as deep vein thrombosis, superficial thrombophlebitis, arteriosclerosis or vascular tumors.

How do I prepare for this exam/study?

There is no preparation for this study.

Who will be administering the exam/study?

JW Bass, PA-C and Lesley Nunn, FNP-C both perform this study for patients in our office.

What will I experience during the exam/study?

The Arterial Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless procedure.  You will need to remove all jewelry, clothing, and any other objects for the area that will be studied.  You will be instructed to lie on your back on the exam table.  The clinician will place a water-soluble gel on a transducer that direct high-frequency sound waves into the arteries or veins being studied.  There may be blood pressure cuffs around various areas of your body depending on what is being studied.  They are generally applied to your thigh, calf, ankle or different points along your arm.  These cuffs help compare the blood pressure in different parts of your leg or arm.  Images are created as the transducer is pressed against your skin and other body tissues to the blood vessels.  The sound waves echo off your blood vessels and send the information to a computer to be interpreted by the clinician.  The computer will produce pictures that show the flow of the blood through the arteries and veins.

What should I do after the exam/study?

You may resume regular daily activities.

When will I receive the result of my exam/study?

You will receive the results from the study at your next follow up visit.  You may receive a phone call if you need to come in sooner based on results.  If you do not have a follow up visit scheduled, please call to schedule one.