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Arterial Doppler Test

What will happen during the test?

The arterial doppler test is a blood pressure test for the arteries in your legs. It's usually ordered to see if there is a lack of blood flow through your legs, which may be caused by a blockage in your arteries. The blockage may be a result of plaque or cholesterol that has built up in the arterial wall.

  • For the test, you will be asked to disrobe from the waist down, except for your undergarments.
  • You will lie on your back and blood pressure cuffs will be applied on both your legs and arms.
  • A "doppler probe," about the size of a pencil, will be used to listen to the blood flow in your arteries and will test your blood pressure.
  • After this part of the test is over, you may be asked to walk on the treadmill. The technologist will test the blood pressure at your ankles. (This is not a stress test.)
  • Please allow one hour for this test.

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