Doppler Echocardiogram

Doppler echocardiography is a procedure that uses Doppler ultrasonography to examine the heart. An echocardiogram uses high frequency sound waves to create an image of the heart while the use of Doppler technology allows determination of the speed and direction of blood flow by utilizing the Doppler effect.

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What is an Doppler Echocardiogram:

Doppler echocardiograms are a unique and useful test. When sound waves bounce off blood cells moving through your heart and blood vessels, they change pitch. These changes, called Doppler signals, can help a qualified doctor and ultrasound machine measure the speed and direction of the blood flowing in and out of heart chambers, heart valves, and blood vessels.

Doppler measurements may be displayed in black and white or in color. Doppler techniques are used in most transthoracic and transesophageal echos, and can check blood flow problems that traditional ultrasounds might not detect.

Getting an Doppler Echocardiogram:

Find out what the experience is like and what you should expect.

Before the Echocardiogram
During the Echocardiogram
After the Echocardiogram

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atrioventricular echo of valve in two views

Above: Ultrasounds and echocardiograms can measure the conditions of the heart such as the atrioventricular valve shown above.


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