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Doppler Ultrasound

Ultrasound is a very safe and accurate investigative tool used to assess blood vessels (veins and arteries) throughout the body.

Overview

We use the latest in ultrasound technology to provide excellent image quality for medical diagnosis in a wide range of areas including vascular assessment of many regions in the body.

We use high resolution colour Doppler ultrasound, permitting accurate non-invasive evaluation of the blood vessels throughout the body.

  • Carotid Artery Doppler Assessment
  • Peripheral (arm and leg) Venous Doppler Assessment for deep venous thrombosis
  • Doppler Venous Incompetency Assessment of the leg
  • Renal Artery Doppler Assessment
  • Leg Arterial Doppler Assessment

Preparing for a Doppler Ultrasound

Please bring your referral (letter from your doctor) and your Medicare and/or Pension Health care card with you to your appointment. It is important to bring all previous imaging and reports relating to the region being imaged. Please arrive on time for your appointment to ensure there is sufficient time available to perform the procedure.

Continue to take all your usual medications.

Scanning

You will not feel any pain or discomfort.

You may be asked to change into a gown.

Scanning times vary between 15 and 60 minutes.

Results

We strongly advise that you return to your referring doctor, in order for your doctor to discuss your radiology report with you.

FAQs

What is Doppler ultrasound used for?
A Doppler ultrasound may help diagnose many conditions including:

  • Blood clots
  • A blocked artery (arterial occlusion)
  • Poorly functioning valves in your leg veins (venous insufficiency)
  • Decreased blood circulation into your legs (peripheral artery disease)
  • Bulging arteries (aneurysm)

Can the sonographer check other areas I am concerned about?
Please discuss with the sonographer any questions or concerns you may have as they may aid in your diagnosis.

Can I have a female sonographer/technician to perform the scan?
We have female radiographers and sonographers sensitive to the needs of female patients.

Will the sonographer performing my scan tell me what’s wrong?
It is the sonographer’s duty to perform the test and ensure the images are of high quality for the radiologist (specialist doctor) to interpret them.

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