The Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb uses sound waves to capture blood flow from the heart to the arms.
What is Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb?
The Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb is a diagnostic test conducted to detect arterial blockages or diseases in the upper limbs.
- The test is non-invasive.
- It is designed to check the blood circulation and identify any blockages, diseases or structural defects like arterial widening/narrowing.
- The test is conducted using ultrasound and requires no needles or catheters.
The test can be conducted on patients of all ages.
How is Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb performed?
The Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb is carried out in the radiology department or an ultrasound lab by a specialist.
- A gel is applied to a transducer, which transmits high-frequency sound waves to the artery and captures images when moved over the relevant body part.
- The doctor may ask the patient to shift positions to capture the image from all angles.
- The exam usually takes between 30 and 45 minutes to complete.
Side effects or risks of Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb
While the test is non-invasive and has no side effects, the risks of Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb include
- A risk to unborn foetuses due to thermal effect from the high-frequency waves involved in the test.
Preparation before performing Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb
To ensure that the Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb goes smoothly, the following preparations are essential before the test:
- The patient may need to wear a hospital gown before being scanned.
- Doctors must be informed about pregnant patients so that the level of radiation that the foetus is exposed to can be brought down.
Post-care after Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb
No specific post-care is required after Arterial Doppler Both Upper Limb. The results will be ready to be shared within a few days.
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