COLOR DOPPLER STUDY
Sometimes, doctors find a way to use technology that hits all the right notes — it’s easy on your body, gives fast results, and doesn’t cause any side effects. That’s just the case with Doppler ultrasound, which gives doctors a way to see what’s going on inside your body without X-rays or injections.
Instead, it turns sound waves into images. Your doctor can use it to check for issues with blood flow, such as clots in your veins or blockages in your arteries.
It’s one of the main ways to test for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) — a condition where blood clots form in veins deep in your body, usually in your legs. DVT can lead to more serious problems, such as a clot in your lungs. It can be life-threatening. So it’s important to get tested if you have symptoms.
Doppler ultrasound is very effective in a lot of cases, but it’s not good at finding clots in your pelvis or the small blood vessels in your calf.