A Doppler ultrasound is a noninvasive test that can be used to estimate the blood flow through your blood vessels by bouncing high-frequency sound waves (ultrasound) off of circulating red blood cells. A regular ultrasound uses sound waves to produce images, but can’t show blood flow. Color doppler shows the movement of blood through arteries and veins.
Color doppler is very important for accessing the presence or absence of blood flow through structures within the body. This is very important when evaluating the endometrium for a mass or polyp as well as evaluating the ovaries.
Color doppler also plays a very important role in helping one access whether echoes seen within the ovary represent hemorrhage (blood), a characteristic demonstrated by benign masses, or solid tissue that contains blood flow, a characteristic demonstrated by malignant masses. An experienced, knowledgeable sonographer has the skills to evaluate a mass for increased vascularity, enlarged, tortuous vessels and anastomoses.
It is very important that your ultrasound machine has the capability to perform this function. It is equally important that your sonographer has the necessary knowledge and experience to interpret the color doppler findings. At Soundwaves, we facilitate these services and more for your office and your patients.
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