What is the Color Doppler Scan?
Currently, doppler scanning of blood vessels is the most demanded study in the diagnosis of vascular lesions. Color doppler scan is a relatively recent development in echocardiographic technique. The essence of this method is to superimpose blood flow velocities encoded in different colors on a two-dimensional image of the heart.
Benefits of color doppler sonography are:
- harmless to the patient;
- significantly lower cost compared to X-ray contrast angiography and MR-angiography;
- high information content (the ability to study the echo structure of vascular lesions and assess the degree of functional hemodynamic disorders in the early preclinical stages of the disease);
- possibility of frequent examination.
Doppler ultrasound test: what it is used for?
Color doppler scan test of the vascular system of the head and neck is considered a new and modern method for diagnosing various diseases. Thanks to this study, the doctor can identify the condition of the vascular walls, assess blood flow, as well as accurately examine whether there are blockages or stenosis in the vessels, and evaluate the collateral circulation. This research technique can also be used to find changes in blood flow in the vessels of the spine (arteries) and for the diagnosis of a cerebral aneurysm.
Color doppler test price is small compared to the amount of information the doctor gets. This diagnosis is carried out in order to:
- assess the general structure and patency of blood vessels (determine if they have any defects, plaques, or blood clots);
- consider how the cervical spine can affect the state of the vessels (the presence of osteochondrosis in a patient can cause impaired blood supply in the brain);
- identify pathologies in the development of blood vessels;
- assess the condition of the veins;
- determine how much increased intracranial venous pressure.
Also, when conducting the procedure, the dynamics of the evaluation of the results is very important, that is, the results of the study can be compared with the data obtained in the process of preliminary results. Continuous wave doppler can help the doctor predict the course of the disease and identify its nature – stable or progressive, assess the degree of development of the disease and whether the prescribed treatment is effective. Such diagnostics are carried out in order to correct the current treatment and avoid unwanted complications.
In order for the results of this diagnosis to be accurate, before the ultrasound scan, you should stop taking vascular drugs, as well as drugs, caffeine. You should also refrain from smoking, drinking coffee, or strong tea. It is not recommended to cancel medications only for patients who take them regularly (with arrhythmia, hypertension, coronary heart disease).
In the Advanced Medical Care Clinic you can undergo a full doppler examination of the vessels of the neck and head using modern diagnostic equipment. Contact us in order to make an appointment, to know the colour doppler ultrasound price and all the details of this method.
✅ What is the Color Doppler scan❓
Color Doppler scan is the most popular non-invasive and safe ultrasound technique, which allows you to make the correct diagnosis of the disease and track the dynamics of particular disease treatment. There are no age or any other restrictions for scanning.
✅ How is the Color Doppler test done❓
To carry out this procedure, the patient must lie on his back or on his side, not move or talk, without the warning and permission of the doctor. A special gel is applied to the sensor, after which the doctor presses it to the patient’s lateral surface. A special substance is also applied to the patient's examination areas, which allows for greater accuracy of ultrasound examination.
✅ What is the difference between Colour Doppler and ultrasound❓
Traditional ultrasound uses painless sound waves that are inaudible to the human ear, which are reflected off the blood vessels. A colour doppler can use images that are color coded to show the doctor where blood flow is severely blocked and the speed and direction of blood flow.