What Is a Doppler Ultrasound?
Providing advanced services to diagnose cardiovascular conditions is extremely important to us here at Horizon Medical Center. A Doppler ultrasound (sonogram) is one such technique our skilled physicians use to screen for and diagnose peripheral vascular disease (PVD), which is a serious circulatory condition affecting the blood vessels located outside of the heart. PVD is characterized by a narrowing or blockage within these vessels that can restrict blood flow to areas of the body, such as the arms, legs, and brain. Lack of proper blood flow deprives your organs and extremities of vital nutrients, increasing the risk of pain, numbness, tissue death, and other long-term complications. Our Schaumburg, IL primary care physicians use Doppler ultrasonography to detect PVD as early as possible and recommend treatment to improve your cardiovascular health.
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How Does a Doppler Ultrasound Work?
A Doppler ultrasound measures the rate of blood flow through the peripheral vascular system to help identify the risk of blood clots, aneurysms, blocked or narrowed arteries, and poor circulation, among other vascular concerns. To perform a Doppler ultrasound, our team will apply a special gel to the skin and guide a handheld transducer device over the designated area. The ultrasound waves will bounce off of your blood vessels and other structures and project the information retrieved into a visual image, which will appear on our computer screen. A low frequency or absence of sound may indicate restricted blood flow or a blockage. Once the sonography test is complete, our physicians will review the results with you and discuss whether further evaluation or treatment is recommended.
Protect Your Vascular Health
While a conventional ultrasound produces images of internal areas within your body, a Doppler ultrasound shows the blood flow through your arteries and veins. Horizon Medical Center is dedicated to providing the latest in diagnostic care to detect peripheral vascular disease and other circulatory conditions. Contact us today to schedule a visit with one of our physicians or to learn more about Doppler ultrasounds. Our Schaumburg, IL family practice is a provider for Medicare and a variety of health insurance plans.