A Doppler Ultrasound may be used to measure blood flow through your arms or legs, helping to diagnose a variety of conditions including blood clots, poor circulation, and peripheral artery disease.
Peripheral arterial disease is a common circulatory problem where the arteries become narrowed, reducing blood flow to the arms and legs. Without treatment, patients could be at higher risk of stroke or heart attack, and advanced arterial disease could lead to the need for amputation or the affected limb, as it is deprived of blood flow.
An arm or leg ultrasound is non-invasive and painless. In general, you’ll be asked to remove clothing that could obstruct the procedure, you’ll be instructed to lie down on an examination table, gel will be applied to the area to be tested, and the technician will use an ultrasound probe to examine your arteries. The technician may place a blood pressure cuff on various areas of the extremity to help compare blood pressure in different parts of your arm or leg.
Patient Preparation: No patient preparation is required.
Typical Time: 30 Minutes
Extremity (Arm/Leg) ultrasounds may be ordered when the following indications are present: