Venous Doppler

What Is A Venous Doppler?

A Doppler ultrasound study is a test using sound waves to examine the structures inside your body while also evaluating blood flow. This test is used to detect problems with the veins.

How Is A Venous Doppler Performed?

You will be asked to lie on your back with your head elevated slightly (occasionally, the technician may want to obtain some images while you are standing). The technician will put a small amount of gel on your legs. The technician will then lightly touch a probe to your skin over the gel. The probe is painless and does not break the skin. This allows the technician to see the flow of blood through your veins on a screen. The technician will move the probe down the length of your leg. He or she will be listening, looking, and putting slight pressure on the vein. At times, the leg may need to be lightly squeezed to check for blood flow.

The test itself takes approximately 20 minutes. Following the test, a radiologist will review the pictures and provide a report to Dr. Gordon.


It is recommended that you wear something soft and comfortable. If you are wearing hose or socks on your legs, the technician will remove them prior to the test. Please bring any medications you routinely take during the day.

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