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Arterial Doppler

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A Peripheral Arterial Doppler exam evaluates the amount of blood flow from your heart to your legs or arms.

Preparation/instructions

    When you were referred by your physician for a radiological exam, you may have been told about certain instructions to be done prior to the exam, or when you were scheduling your appointment, the scheduler should have informed you about the preparations that should be done prior to your exam. If you did not or if you want a recheck, you can refer to the information listed below.

    Keep in mind that you may have been given some additional or different instructions, based on your own particular circumstances. If you have any questions, please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

Instructions

    For this examination, your stomach must be as empty as possible.

    You must not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to your exam, nor smoke or chew gum. You may brush your teeth, but avoid swallowing water.

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The procedure

    Children under the age of 18 years need to be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian). We strongly advise that patients not bring children along without another responsible supervising adult. We cannot provide supervision for the children.

    Plan to allow 45 minutes to one hour for this exam.

    During this, warm gel will be applied to your skin. A transducer, a device that converts electrical energy into sound waves, will be moved over your skin to look inside your arteries. The gel prevents air from getting between the transducer and your skin. Although you feel the transducer moving on your skin, you should feel no discomfort.

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After Care

    After the exam you can resume your normal activities.

    Results of your exams will be discussed with you by your doctor.

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Please call our hotline 16171 or (202) 3336-3310 (Mohandeseen), (202) 2417 5556 (Heliopolis) or (202) 2528 4888 (Maadi) to speak with a radiologist if you have any questions. It is best to call between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., Saturday through Thursday.

   

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