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Arterial Doppler

Commonwealth Vein Center

Vascular, Vein and Wound Specialists & Cardiologists located in Colonial Heights, VA & Richmond, VA, & McLean, VA

An arterial Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive diagnostic test that helps find problems with the arteries in your arms or legs. At Commonwealth Vein Center in Colonial Heights, Richmond, and McLean, Virginia, the team of vein and vascular experts performs arterial Doppler to find the root cause of your symptoms. Learn more about this noninvasive test by calling the office nearest you or scheduling an appointment online today.

Arterial Doppler Q & A

What is an arterial Doppler?

An arterial Doppler is a noninvasive diagnostic imaging test that looks at the circulation of blood through the arteries in your arms or legs. The imaging test uses ultrasound technology to see and hear the blood move through your arteries.

The purpose of the arterial Doppler is to find circulation problems that might explain your symptoms, such as leg pain, leg swelling, or poor wound healing. 

When would I need an arterial Doppler?

The Commonwealth Vein Center team takes a patient-centered approach to care. They use many state-of-the-art diagnostic tests to find the underlying cause of your circulation problem. 

Your vein, vascular, and wound specialist may recommend an arterial Doppler to confirm or rule out a diagnosis such as:

  • Peripheral artery disease (PAD)
  • Chronic venous insufficiency (CVI)
  • Blood clot
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Bulging arteries or aneurysm

Your provider at Commonwealth Vein Center may recommend the arterial Doppler to avoid a more invasive diagnostic test: angiography or catheter angiography. For standard angiography, your provider injects a contrast dye into your blood vessels and then takes X-rays to assess blood flow. 

For a more advanced angiography, they may perform a CT scan or MRI to get the needed images.

How do I prepare for an arterial Doppler?

Unless otherwise directed by the Commonwealth Vein Center team, you don’t need to make any special preparations prior to your arterial Doppler. There’s no anesthesia or needles, and you can eat, drink, and take your medications as you normally would.

The team, however, requests you wear comfortable clothing to the exam and leave all valuables at home. 

What happens during an arterial Doppler?

The arterial Doppler is a painless, noninvasive test that takes about an hour. During the arterial Doppler test, you lie comfortably on the exam table.

Your provider uses the ultrasound wand to collect recordings of the blood flow through the arteries in your legs and arms. 

After your test, you can resume your usual activities. Your provider may discuss the results of your arterial Doppler at the time of the exam or schedule a follow-up appointment to discuss your results and develop a treatment plan.

To find out more about the arterial Doppler, call Commonwealth Vein Center or schedule an appointment online today.