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Overview Brief

The Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan is an Ultrasound scan conducted to check the flow of blood within the uterus, placenta and fetus. They are used determine the flow of blood and vascularity inside the uterus.

What is Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan?

Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan is conducted during the pregnancy to check the growth of the vital organs and in the fetus. They are used to check the heart of the fetus and its activities along with the blood flow.

How is Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan Performed?

The Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan is an easy procedure and they patient can immediately leave the hospital after scan. The process of Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan involves,

  • The patient is made to lie down on the table and the stomach area is exposed.
  • Special ultrasound gel is being applied on the stomach to provide a clear view of the foetus.
  • The radiologist will check the organs of the baby and other important markers by moving the probe along the stomach. Patients after Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan is completed can leave the hospital.

Side-effects of Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan

Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan is completely safe and do not have any type of side effects. But there are a few discomforts like,

  • The gel like substance might cause a tingling sensation and immediate chillness. But they usually last for few seconds.
  • While performing the scan the radiologist might require pressing the probe a bit harder on your stomach for a clear view, but they are mostly bearable.
  • If it is a transvaginal scan it may cause some discomfort.

Preparation before Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan

Patients have to schedule Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan in advance. The preparation for the scan includes

  • Make sure to keep the bladder empty since it might cause discomfort during scan.
  • Wear a two piece cloth for easy exposure of stomach.

Post-care after Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan

As per the instructions of the radiologist after Obstetrical Colour Doppler Scan the patient can,

  • Resume their normal activities as the scan is completely safe.
  • The patient should inform the doctor if they feel any kind of discomfort after the scan.

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