Doppler ultrasound scan

Diagnostic Imaging test that is used to estimate the flow of blood through your blood vessels

Find out about our Doppler ultrasound tests, which can help to diagnose a range of heart and blood problems

What is a doppler ultrasound?

A Doppler ultrasound scan can be used to create a real-time image of blood flowing through your blood vessels. It creates an image by bouncing sound waves off the red blood cells in your body. It's a non-invasive test, which means we will not cut in your skin.

Doppler imaging scans can help to diagnose various conditions, including:
  • bulging (aneurysm) or blocked (arterial occlusion) arteries
  • poor function in your leg vein valves (venous insufficiency)
  • heart valve defects and congenital heart disease
  • reduced blood circulation in your legs (peripheral artery disease)
  • narrowed arteries
  • artery injuries
  • blood clots

Need to know

  • What happens during a doppler ultrasound? icon plus

    Your scan will take approximately 15 to 30 minutes and will be carried out by one of our specialist vascular scientists.

    Gel will be applied over the area of skin that will be examined, and as the scan starts, a transducer (a handheld device) will gently press and move over your skin. This action will produce a moving, real-time image of your blood flowing through your blood vessels.

    A recording is taken of the image and then sent off for analysis by one of our expert cardiologists.

  • How to prepare for your scan icon plus

    Usually, there isn't any special preparation needed for a Doppler scan. Your consultant will explain the procedure to you and answer any questions you may have.
  • After your scan icon plus

    The scan itself shouldn't be painful, and you'll be able to go home immediately after your appointment. Once your consultant has analysed the results of your scan, they will discuss them with you. They'll also let you know about any next steps, including further tests if needed.

Our locations

From complex nuclear medicine tests to straightforward X-ray, CT Scans and MRI's, we provide exceptional diagnostic services across our network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

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020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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