What is Vascular/Doppler Ultrasound?

A Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive test that can be used to estimate your blood flow through blood vessels by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off circulating red blood cells. A regular ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images, but can’t show blood flow.

A Doppler ultrasound may help diagnose many conditions, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Poorly functioning valves in your leg veins, which can cause blood or other fluids to pool in your legs (venous insufficiency)
  • Heart valve defects and congenital heart disease
  • A blocked artery (arterial occlusion)
  • Decreased blood circulation into your legs (peripheral artery disease)
  • Bulging arteries (aneurysms)
  • Narrowing of an artery, such as in your neck (carotid artery stenosis)

Who interprets the results and how do I get them?

A Board Certified Radiologist trained to interpret radiology exams will analyze the images and send them to our PACS system. From our PACS system the ordering physician and nurse will be able to view the images and the report from any computer using or HIPPA compliant log in screen. No one, but your ordering physician and your nurse, will be able to see your report.