An arterial Doppler ultrasound is a medical imaging test that uses sound waves to assess the blood flow in arteries. This type of ultrasound is commonly performed to evaluate the blood vessels in various parts of the body, such as the arms, legs, neck, or abdomen. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during an arterial Doppler ultrasound:


To assess blood flow in the arteries and detect abnormalities such as blockages, narrowing (stenosis), or other vascular issues.

To evaluate the structure and function of the arteries in different parts of the body.


You will likely be asked to lie on an examination table.

A water-based gel will be applied to the skin over the area being examined.

The ultrasound technician (sonographer) will use a handheld transducer to emit sound waves and capture images of the arteries.

After the Procedure:

After the ultrasound, the gel will be wiped off your skin.

You can generally resume your normal activities immediately.

Interpretation of Results:

A radiologist or healthcare provider will interpret the ultrasound images and provide a report to your referring physician.

The results will be discussed with you, and further tests or treatments may be recommended based on the findings.