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I had a doppler ultrasound done where they checked my blood flow. They check both legs/arms/pelvic area. Test came back abnormal. What could it be?

I had a doppler ultrasound done where they checked my blood flow. They check both legs/arms/pelvic area. Test came back abnormal. What could it be?

Narrowed artery: I imagine you were having cramps in your legs after walking some distance? The abnormal peripheral doppler study was most likely expressed as an elevated ankle-brachial index. This is a ratio of the blood pressure between the arm and ankle. Values between .9 & 1.0 are considered normal. Below .9 suggests artery narrowing and above 1.2 suggests hardening of the arteries. ...Read more

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An ultraound, also known as a sonogram, is a painless and relatively inexpensive imaging test that utilizes sound waves instead of ionizing radiation. There are no side effects. Ultrasound can give us two-dimensional, and in some applications three-dimensional, images of structures and organs in virtually any part of the body. In addition to diagnostic uses, such as evaluating abnormalities in the abdomen, pelvis, and breast, ultrasounds are commonly used to guide needle and catheter placement in a variety of surgical ...Read more


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Is it possible to detect a tumor via a Doppler ultrasound in the leg?

Is it possible to detect a tumor via a Doppler ultrasound in the leg?

Yes: most of the lesions in the leg are primary sarcomas. There are very few metastatic lesions other than those spreading to groin nodes. Sarcomas grow as masses and can easily be palpated. If the lesion is deep to skin and begins growing, it spreads the overlying tissue over it so that the margins of the growing lesion may not be clear. Here a Doppler should easily identity its true margins. ...Read more

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It is safe to remove normal blue veins on legs. I have lots you can see the network. I have had a Doppler ultrasound and apparently do not have reflux?

Answer: I my medical experience the best treatment for vericosevceins is laser treatment. There are other treatments but the laser seems to work the best and leaves no scaring in my experience care back is the expense ...Read more

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Is arterial doppler ultrasound only way of identifying ischemia in hand. If not what r other ways. Have pain in fingers wrist elbow and shoulder?

Is arterial doppler ultrasound only way of identifying ischemia in hand.  If not what r other ways. Have pain in fingers wrist elbow and shoulder?

No: Physical exam, doppler, angiogram, ct angio, MRI can all show the issue to varying degrees. With radial arteryn obstruction, the shoulder is not usually involved. .? Thoracic outlet or two diagnoses? Need a vascular surgical review, exam! ...Read more

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What's doppler ultrasound exams are done on the fetus or placenta?

What's doppler ultrasound exams are done on the fetus or placenta?

Check blood flow: The doppler exam is using ultrasound to asses the blood flow to the baby or placenta. It is a tool for assessing the health of the baby and monitoring the effects of certain problems such as diabetes or hypertension. ...Read more

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How much does it cost to have a doppler ultrasound?

How much does it cost to have a doppler ultrasound?

Costs vary: I don't know what you are having a doppler ultrasound of but, in general, you can call and get prices from hospital and imaging centers in the area in which you live. ...Read more

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What is color doppler ultrasound value in ob?

What is color doppler ultrasound value in ob?

OB sono: Color doppler in sonogram is used to check the venous and arterial blood flow to any organ.In obstetrics it is generally to check the blood flow to the fetus and placenta.In the anatomical survey it checks for the baby's heart to rule out abnormalities. ...Read more

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How precise is doppler ultrasound in detecting epididymitis and hernia?

How precise is doppler ultrasound in detecting epididymitis and hernia?

Quite accurate: In proper hands of skilled ultrasonographer, detection of epididymitis and inguinal hernia can usually be diagnosed. Other problems such as testicular torsion, hydrocele, varicocele, and undescended testes are also identified. ...Read more

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What is the accuracy for doppler ultrasound to find blood clots?

What is the accuracy for doppler ultrasound to find blood clots?

Leg ultrasound: Ultrasound is usually effective at detecting a blood clot in the leg vein, however there are times when a clot below the knee level may not be adequately detected. In that situation, a repeat ultrasound a few days later can be performed. Other factors may lower the sensitivity of the test, such as the experience of the ultrasound tech, the radiologist reading the images, and the size of the leg. ...Read more

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Is penile doppler ultrasound the best way to diagnose ED due to atherosclerosis?

Is penile doppler ultrasound the best way to diagnose ED due to atherosclerosis?

Making up Health: What? At 31? No. What would it tell you? What could you change? You are smoking. Stopping smoking would be a million times more effective than doing a ultrasound. What if the ultrasound does not show any disease? You are still a smoker with ed at an early age. ...Read more

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Will penile color doppler ultrasound show blockages in the penile arteries if i have?

Will penile color doppler ultrasound show blockages in the penile arteries if i have?

Yes: Penile ultrasound and color doppler can diagnose arterial narrowing or blockage. It also assesses venous drainage as well as allows for a detailed survey of the corpora cavernosa to identify calcification or scarring inside the erectile tissue of the penis. ...Read more

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My GP ordered a doppler ultrasound to look at my 'porta hepatis' - what could he be checking for?

Liver: Porta hepatis is the region leading into the liver which contains the blood vessels feeding the liver (hepatic artery and portal vein) and the bile duct which carries bile from the liver and gallbladder to the bowel. It also contains some lymph nodes. Maybe your doctor wants to see how well blood is flowing in the hepatic artery and portal vein? ...Read more

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Does a normal color doppler ultrasound completely rule out testicular ischemia and testicular abscess?

Pretty Much: Certainly there should not be an abscess. Some patients will suffer from intermittent testicular torsion so it is possible for the scan to be normal but flow to be compromised at other times. The trick is to scanned when you are symptomatic. ...Read more

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Would a tuberculosis epididymitis show on urinanalysis or color doppler ultrasound? If so, what would it present like?

Would a tuberculosis epididymitis show on urinanalysis or color doppler ultrasound? If so, what would it present like?

Not necessarily.: Although rare in the us, this is a fairly common disease in other countries. Also, only 25% of patients have wbcs in the urine. Isolated TB epididimytits has be reported and actually studies in india. http://www.medscape.com/medline/abstract/16006701. ...Read more

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My test become hard after doppler ultrasound test found, epididymitis infection it having 8 month or more but hardness remains same. Give some suggest?

My test become hard after doppler ultrasound test found, epididymitis infection it having 8 month or more but hardness remains same. Give some suggest?

Recheck: Recommend you again visit your urologist for another exam. If needed, ultrasound can be repeated. Persistent scrotal "hardness" is not common after treatment of bacterial epididymitis. Testicular cancer and uncommon infections, such as tuberculosis, need to considered. ...Read more