A Doppler ultrasound is a test that uses sound waves to examine parts of the body. It looks at the motion of fluids in the blood vessels.
Major Abdominal Arteries and Veins
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Doppler ultrasound is used to:
- View the flow of blood through vessels and/or the heart
- View and evaluate blockages to blood flow, such as clots
- Assess build-up of plaque inside a vessel
- Monitor blood flow through repaired blood vessels such as bypass grafts
- Examine a baby during a pregnancy
Last reviewedNovember 2012by Brian Randall, MD
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