Doppler Ultrasound
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Doppler Ultrasound?

This test uses sound waves to examine parts of the body. It specifically looks at fluid motion in the blood vessels.

Major Abdominal Arteries and Veins
Major Abdominal Arteries and Veins
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Doppler ultrasound is used to:

  • View abnormal 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, like bypass grafts
  • Examine a baby during a high-risk pregnancy

Possible Complications

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

Call Your Doctor

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

In case of emergency, call 911.