Echo Doppler

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DIAGNOSTIC TECHNIQUES

For a more accurate diagnosis

Indications

  • To Diagnose

    acute or chronic arterial insufficiency, the presence and severity of peripheral arterial disease, venous insufficiency of the lower limbs

  • To Detect and Monitor

    an arterial aneurysm, an arterial stenosis (carotid stenosis) or blood clots

  • To map

    arterial or venous malformations

  • To Measure

    accurately blood pressure in the lower limb (thigh, calf and ankle)

Vascular Doppler Ultrasound

The vascular Doppler ultrasound is a non-invasive, painless medical examination designed to explore the arteries and veins. The vascular Doppler ultrasound associates 2 techniques: the echography, which uses the ultrasounds and allows us to analyze the fixed anatomical structures, and the Doppler, which studies dynamic structures and allows the visualization of the blood flow in vessels.

The Doppler ultrasound can show the path of the arteries, their walls and lumen, and the presence of strictures, dilations or clots. The vascular Doppler ultrasound is particularly useful to highlight and measure atherosclerotic plaques in the thickness of the arterial wall. The vascular Doppler ultrasound allows the investigation of the arteries of the limbs, the aorta and its cervical branches (the carotid arteries).

The Doppler ultrasound is also indicated to visualize the slowing down of the blood flow due to the presence of a clot inside the examined vein, in case of phlebitis.

For this exam, you should wear comfortable and loose clothes. You will lie down on an examination table that can be tilted or moved. A clear aqueous gel is applied to the area of interest to help the transducer make good contact with the skin.

The examination takes approximately 20 minutes. There are no contraindications to the vascular Doppler ultrasound and the test can be done at any age.

The echo-Doppler examinations are performed at Physimed by a physician specializing in vascular surgery. This physician will give you an accurate evaluation on the status of your vascular system and will make the necessary recommendations.

If you want to verify the status of your peripheral circulation, feel free to ask one of our doctors to prescribe you a vascular Doppler ultrasound examination.

If you have a prescription for a vascular Doppler ultrasound, you can call 514 747-8185 to book an appointment. We will quickly forward your results to your physician.