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What is an Doppler ultrasound?

Doppler ultrasound is a special form of ultrasound commonly used to evaluate blood flow.

A Doppler ultrasound exam, often called a scan, gives your doctor a great deal of information about your blood vessels and about the way blood is passing through them. Doppler ultrasound is particularly well suited to evaluating problems within your veins and arteries. Because we have blood vessels throughout our bodies, Doppler ultrasound may be used almost anywhere. Some of the most common sites where Doppler ultrasound is used are in the neck, heart, abdomen, and legs.

In your neck, Doppler ultrasound is used to look at carotid arteries. These vessels supply large amounts of blood to your brain and may become blocked. Blockage can lead to stroke. In your heart, Doppler ultrasound can tell your doctor about the flow of blood and whether it is directed correctly. In your abdomen or stomach, Doppler ultrasound can be used to help evaluate blood flow to the liver and many other organs in your abdomen. Doppler ultrasound also is used to evaluate blood flow in your legs and may be helpful in identifying blockages in your arteries and clots in your veins.

This service can be performed at the Woodlands Imaging and UGH Imaging locations.

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