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Arterial & Venous Doppler Right Upper Limb

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Overview

The Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb procedure shows the blocked or reduced flow of blood through the major arteries of the right arm.

What is Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb?

The Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb procedure uses sound waves to produce images of the blood flow from the heart to the right upper arm. A cardiologist can order the test to diagnose heart diseases such as deep vein thrombosis, arteriosclerosis, and vascular tumours. Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb scan is also performed to diagnose a disease called a thoracic outlet syndrome.

How is Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb Performed?

The Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb test will take around 60 to 90 minutes. The procedure involves

  • The blood pressure cuff is attached to measure the blood pressure and pulse at the right upper limb.
  • Ultrasound scan to assess the flow of blood through the arteries and identify any blockages and narrowing of the arteries.
  • If the test is performed to diagnose thoracic outlet syndrome, the patient will be asked to do some arm movements during the test.

The Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb is a painless procedure, and the patient can go home after the test.

Side-effects of an Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb

The Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb is a risk-free procedure. It does not have any side effects.

Preparations before Performing an Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb

Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb is a pre-scheduled test. Preparations for the test include

  • Quitting smoking, several hours prior to the test.
  • Removing jewellery and clothing from the area to be studied.
  • The doctor or the person performing the test will apply a water soluble gel on the handheld device and use it to inspect the arteries and veins in the right upper limb.

Post-care of Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb

Arterial Doppler Right Upper Limb is a simple procedure. The patient can go home and resume regular activities, immediately after the procedure.

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