The angiology department carries out all exams related to vessels: arteries, veins and lymphatics:

  • Doppler echocardiography of the arteries and veins of the lower and upper limbs.
  • Doppler echocardiography of the cervical vessels (TSA).
  • Doppler echocardiography of the renal and gastrointestinal arteries.
  • Assessment of varicose veins in the lower extremities.
  • Doppler echocardiography of arteriovenous fistulas.

Doppler echocardiography uses ultrasonic waves to:

  • Visualize the walls of arteries and veins as well as their contents (blood).
  • Perform a dynamic examination (Doppler) of circulatory speed, acceleration, slowing or occlusion.

The area of the body to be examined is uncovered, and you will lie down on an exam table. A gel is applied to the skin to ensure contact with the probe, which will be positioned over the vessel to be explored and then progressively moved along a path.

This procedure is used to check that circulation within the vessels is normal and to determine whether there are any areas of stenosis (narrowing of an artery), dilation (aneurysm) or complete obstruction of an artery or vein (phleblitis).

There are no unwanted side effects or contraindications:

  • Nothing is injected
  • Nothing is used that could cause an allergic reaction
  • There is no irradiation involved
  • There is no pain involved

The test does not require any special considerations, and you can resume your normal activities immediately. The doctor will tell you the results at the end of the exam and give you a written copy to keep.