The lower arterial Doppler study is a simple, non-invasive ultrasound examination to access circulation/blood flow to the legs.   It provides an overview of the exact location and severity of atherosclerotic plaque.  If left untreated, could result in pain, cramps, coldness, non-healing ulcers, gangrene, or potential loss of limb.

Pre procedure instructions:
You should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing for your ultrasound. You will need to remove all clothing covering your legs.

What to expect:
You will have to remove your shoes, socks and pants to perform the test. A gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and moves it back and forth over the area to be examined.  You should not feel any pain. . Brief exercise may be required. The test usually takes about 90 minutes.