Doppler study is an imaging test that uses sound waves to reflect blood flow through blood arteries. Unlike regular ultrasounds that employ sound waves to produce images of the inside organs, a Doppler study can even depict blood flow in the blood vessels. Usually, a Doppler machine is used to conduct this test.
Doppler study is a significant test because
Most major surgeries require this test to check the blood supply.
This Doppler study can check the blood supply to any part of your body.
Doppler study helps diagnose diseases like diabetic foot ulcers and peripheral arterial disease.
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How should I prepare for the Doppler test?
Preparations required for the Doppler study depend on the type of ultrasound and the reason for the test. It includes
- Fasting for a couple of hours before the Doppler test
- Quit smoking or anything with nicotine for at least two hours before the Doppler test
Does the Doppler study hurt?
Ultrasound does not need any injectable dyes and does not use any radiation like an X-ray. Thus, Doppler study is a painless and safest test. This non-invasive procedure only involves placing a small handheld device called a transducer on your skin to capture the sound waves.
What is the cost of a Doppler study?
The price for a Doppler study varies depending on its type. In India, the Doppler study ranges from INR 3,000 to 12,000.
Why is it called Doppler?
The Doppler study is named after a 19th-century physicist, Christian Doppler. This physicist discovered the "Doppler effect," a way to measure sound waves reflected by moving objects. Hence, the name Doppler study.
Can anyone have a Doppler study?
Yes, Doppler studies are used for people of all ages, from infants to older people, depending on the medical condition being investigated.
How long does it take for a Doppler study?
The duration of the study can vary based on the specific body part being examined and the complexity of the test. However, most Doppler studies take 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
When will I get my Doppler test results?
The time duration for Doppler test results may vary in different hospitals. In Aster Hospitals, you will be receiving the results immediately.
How accurate are Doppler study results?
Doppler study results yield good absolute accuracy when suitably designed equipment is used. The chances of systematic errors are less than 6%.
Who performs Doppler ultrasound?
Only the Cardiac Doppler is done by the Cardiologist, rest of all the Dopplers are done by Radiologists.
Are there any risks associated with Doppler studies?
Doppler's studies are safe with no visible or internal side-effects on the patient.