What is an Arterial Doppler?
An arterial doppler is an ultrasound exam of the arteries located in your arms or legs. High frequency sound waves are used to obtain images of structures inside the body. Ultrasound imaging can help the radiologist see and evaluate arterial blockages, such as plaque in arteries.
When should I have an Arterial Doppler exam?
If you have a history of cardiovascular issues and are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Pain while walking
- Weakness in the body or arms or legs
- Any sort of invasive procedure in the arms or legs
Since the arterial doppler is simply an ultrasound test, it is completely non-invasive. And you can resume daily activities immediately after. When the results are available and Dr. Kohani can see if there are any blockages or buildups present in your arms or legs, he will go over the results with you and discuss your next course of action. Depending on your history and severity of a blockage the next step will be determined.