Q&A: I thought I was going to be scheduled for an ultrasound to evaluate my arteries, but then I heard the nurse refer to the test as a doppler.  Is that the same thing?


The terminology associated with vascular imaging can be very confusing. What you are most likely scheduled for is “duplex ultrasonography”. Duplex ultrasonography is a non-invasive test that involves both gray-scale images, color doppler, and spectral doppler.

These combined techniques allow for direct visualization of the vessel and analysis of the movement of blood within the vessel. This information enables the vascular surgeon to determine if there is any vascular disease, and if so, how severe.

At Vascular Specialists of Central Florida, duplex ultrasonography is performed by experienced Registered Vascular Technologists at both our Orlando and Clermont locations.

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