A venous Doppler ultrasound is a medical imaging test that uses sound waves to visualize the blood flow in veins. This type of ultrasound is commonly used to assess the veins in the arms and legs, although it can also be used to evaluate veins in other parts of the body. Here’s an overview of what you can expect during a venous Doppler ultrasound:


To assess blood flow in the veins and detect abnormalities such as blood clots (deep vein thrombosis or DVT), venous insufficiency, or blockages.

To evaluate the structure and function of the veins 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 veins.

After the Procedure:

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

You can generally resume your normal activities immediately.