is a medical test that uses sound waves to estimate the speed and direction of
blood as it flows through a blood vessel. It helps doctors check blood flow
through arteries and veins.
There are no risks linked to an
ultrasound test, and it is safe for pregnant women. It won't harm the baby
Doppler ultrasound is done
You may be asked to
avoid products that contain nicotine (cigarettes, chewing tobacco) for 30
minutes to 2 hours before the test. Nicotine causes blood vessels to narrow and
may give false results.
You'll need to:
The doctor or
ultrasound technologist will have you lie on your back, side, or stomach,
depending on which part of your body is being examined.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all
appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good
idea to keep a list of the medicines you take. Ask your doctor when you can
expect to have your test results.
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Current as of:
February 19, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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