Doppler of the Hands Blood Vessels (Upper Extremities)

What is the color doppler of blood vessels of the upper extremities?

Color Doppler of blood vessels of the upper extremities is a non-invasive diagnostic method that combines conventional ultrasound with color Doppler technology to visualize blood flow in the arteries and veins of the upper extremities (arms and hands). This method allows doctors to assess blood circulation, identify potential problem areas in blood vessels and diagnose vascular problems.

Color Doppler of upper extremity blood vessels is a quick, painless and safe procedure that is often used to assess vascular health and diagnose problems with blood flow in the arms and hands. This test can be very helpful in making an accurate diagnosis and planning appropriate treatment if any vascular problems are detected.

When is the color doppler of the upper extremities best method to use?

Color Doppler of the blood vessels of the upper extremities is usually performed in situations where there is suspicion of vascular problems or disorders in that area.
  1. If there are certain symptoms or signs that indicate possible vascular problems or disorders in that area: pain in the arms or hands, a feeling of pain, tingling or numbness in the hands, if your hands turn blue or pale white, swelling of the hands or hands, cold hands, slow-healing wounds, weak pulse in the hands, swollen or enlarged veins
  2. Diagnostics of peripheral arterial diseases: with people that have symptoms such as pain in the arms during activity (intermittent claudication), color doppler can help evaluate the blood flow in the arteries of the arms and detect possible narrowings or blockages.
  3. Venous insufficiency: Color Doppler is used to determine the presence and degree of venous insufficiency, which can cause swelling of the hands, varicose veins, or skin discoloration.
  4. Monitoring of vascular surgery: After upper extremity arterial or venous surgery, color Doppler can be used to monitor the functioning of vascular grafts and assess blood flow through the operated areas.
  5.  Thrombosis risk evaluation: Color Doppler can help assess the risk of blood clots (thrombosis) in the veins of the upper extremities, especially in people with risk factors such as prolonged immobilization, pregnancy, or use of oral contraceptives.
  6. Evaluation of arteriovenous fistulas: People undergoing hemodialysis for kidney failure may have arteriovenous fistulas (direct connection between arteries and veins for easier access during dialysis). Color Doppler is used to monitor blood flow through these fistulas.
  7. After a hand injury, especially if there is a suspicion of vascular problems caused by the injury: control of circulation, assessment of arterial damage, detection of thrombosis, assessment of venous insufficiency
  8. Malignant processes in the breast: Color Doppler can reveal increased vascularization in the area of the tumor, which may indicate the presence of a malignant process. This can complement other diagnostic methods, such as mammography, breast ultrasound, and biopsy, in order to make an accurate diagnosis and plan appropriate treatment. monitoring the reaction to therapy and observing possible complications. It is important to note that color doppler hand is not a standard procedure for diagnosing malignant processes in the breast or monitoring after radiation. The decision to apply this procedure depends on the physician’s clinical judgment and specific circumstances
  9. Coarticulation of the aorta; Hand color Doppler can be a useful diagnostic procedure to assess blood circulation in patients with coarctation of the aorta. This procedure enables the visualization of blood flow in the arteries of the arms and hands in order to detect possible changes in circulation caused by the narrowing of the aorta.

How long does the color doppler examination of the upper extremities take?

The duration of an upper extremity color Doppler examination can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the examination, the technical characteristics of the equipment, the experience of the personnel performing the examination, and the specific anatomical characteristics of the patient. This examination is a quick and non-invasive procedure, which means that it does not require surgery or the introduction of instruments into the body.
The usual duration of a color doppler examination of the upper extremities is between 15 and 30 minutes. The upper extremity color doppler procedure is usually quick, painless and safe. The patient can immediately return to his usual activities after the examination. The results of the examination help the doctor to evaluate the blood flow in the arms and hands, to detect possible problems with the circulation and to set up the appropriate treatment if necessary.

How to prepare for color doppler of the upper extremities?

Preparation for color doppler of the upper extremities is usually simple and does not require special preparations. Here are some general guidelines you might want to follow before this review:
  • Tell your doctor about your medications: Before your appointment, tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Some types of drugs, especially those that affect circulation, can affect the results of the examination.
  • Clothing and jewelry: On the day of the exam, dress comfortably and be sure to wear clothing that allows you to easily expose your arms, as the technician will need to access your upper extremities. Also, avoid wearing jewelry or restrictive items on your hands to allow for better placement of the ultrasound transducer.
  • Diet and fluids: Normally, there are no specific dietary or fluid requirements before this examination. You can eat and drink normally before the examination.
  • • Previous results and reports: If you have already had previous medical examinations or tests related to the upper extremities, bring the previous results and reports with you for the doctor to review.

What happens during a color doppler examination of the upper extremities?

During an upper extremity color Doppler procedure, a doctor or ultrasound technician applies an ultrasound transducer to the skin of the upper extremity to record and analyze blood flow through the arteries and veins. Here are the steps that are usually taken during this procedure:
  1. Patient preparation: The patient will be placed on the examination table, and the arm or hand to be examined will be placed in an appropriate position to allow access to the blood vessels.
  2. Application of the gel: The gel is applied to the skin in the place where the examination will be performed. The gel improves the transmission of ultrasound waves and facilitates the placement of the transducer.
  3. 3. Placement of the transducer: An ultrasound transducer is a device that emits and receives ultrasound waves. A technician or doctor will place a transducer on the skin over the area where the arteries and veins to be examined are located
  4. Imaging of blood flow: When the transducer is placed in the right place, the ultrasound will be emitted towards the blood vessels. The reflected ultrasound waves are returned and used to produce real-time images of blood flow.
  5. Color doppler display: Instead of a standard black and white ultrasound image, color doppler allows the display of blood flow in different colors. For example, blood moving toward the transducer may be displayed in red, while blood moving away from the transducer may be displayed in blue. This allows easier visualization and understanding of blood flow in blood vessels.
  6. Imaging and measurement: The technician will take pictures and measure the speed of blood flow in different parts of the arteries and veins.
  7. Completion of the examination: When the examination is complete, the technician will review the obtained images and results. The results will be forwarded to the doctor who will interpret and make a diagnosis.

What problem or condition can Doppler blood vessels of the upper extremities show?

Color Doppler of the upper extremities can detect various problems and conditions related to blood flow in the arteries and veins in the arms and hands. Some of the problems and conditions that can be diagnosed or evaluated with this procedure include:

Peripheral arterial disease

Color Doppler can detect narrowings (stenoses), blockages, or narrowing of the arteries that supply blood to the hands. This condition can cause pain during activity and reduced blood flow to the upper extremities.

Venous insufficiency

Color Doppler can detect weakening of the venous valves or other problems with the veins that can cause poor circulation, swelling of the hands and varicose veins.


Color Doppler can identify the presence of a blood clot in the veins of the upper extremities, which is called thrombosis. A clot can block blood flow and pose a serious health risk.

Raynaud’s syndrome

Color Doppler can help assess blood flow in the hands in people with Raynaud’s syndrome, which is characterized by narrowing of the arteries under the influence of cold or stress.


Color Doppler can detect an enlargement or aneurysm in the arteries of the upper extremities, which is an abnormal widening of the artery wall.


Color Doppler can help identify inflammation and damage to the blood vessels in the hands, called vasculitis.

Presence of vascular masses or tumors

Color Doppler may indicate the presence of vascular masses or tumors in the upper extremities.

After surgical procedures

Monitoring the functioning of arterial or venous grafts after surgical procedures.

Vascular disorders

Monitoring the condition of people with vascular disorders.

Who assesses the results of the upper extremity color doppler test?

The results of a color Doppler test of the blood vessels of the upper extremities are reviewed and interpreted by a specialist doctor, usually a doctor who specializes in vascular diseases (vascular surgeon) or a doctor who specializes in radiology. These specialists have expertise in the interpretation of ultrasound images and can accurately assess the condition of blood vessels based on the color Doppler results obtained.
Once the color doppler procedure itself is completed, the technician who performed the examination will review the images and results obtained to ensure that they are clear and of good quality. The results will then be forwarded to a specialist doctor, who will further analyze the data and make a diagnosis. The doctor will take into account the patient’s symptoms, medical history and the results of other tests in order to reach a final conclusion about the condition of the blood vessels in the upper extremities.
After the doctor reviews and interprets the results, he or she will usually schedule an appointment with the patient to explain the findings and discuss a treatment plan, if necessary, and will follow up with the patient’s primary care physician.
Collaboration between the specialist and the primary care physician is of critical importance in order for the patient to receive the best possible care and management of their health condition. After the primary care physician reviews the report, it may be helpful to schedule an appointment with the patient to discuss the diagnosis, explain the results, and answer any questions or concerns the patient may have. Based on the specialist’s diagnosis, the primary care physician will work with the patient to establish an appropriate treatment and management plan.
This may include a change in therapy, recommendations for further examinations or consultation with other specialists, if necessary. The primary care physician will monitor the patient’s progress and schedule follow-up appointments to assess how he is responding to treatment and whether the condition is improving. The primary care physician may need to coordinate with the specialist to clarify additional questions, provide additional information, or arrange for additional examinations.

What additional tests can the doctor recommend based on the color doppler results of the upper extremities?

Based on the color doppler results of the upper extremities, the doctor may recommend additional tests or examinations to further evaluate the condition of the blood vessels and vascular system in the hands. These additional tests depend on specific color Doppler findings and can help make a more accurate diagnosis, plan treatment, and monitor the patient’s progress. Some of the possible additional tests that may be recommended include:
  1. Angiography: This is an invasive procedure in which a contrast agent is injected into the blood vessels of the arms, and then X-rays are taken to obtain a detailed visualization of the arteries and veins.
  2. Pressure Doppler: This test uses ultrasound to measure blood pressure at different points in the arms, which helps assess the degree of narrowing or blockages in the arteries.
  3. CT angiography: Computed tomography (CT) angiography uses X-rays to create detailed images of the blood vessels in the arms with the help of intravenous contrast.
  4. MRI Angiography: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) angiography uses a magnetic field and radio waves to create images of blood vessels. This test may also use a contrast agent for better visualization.
  5. Blood coagulation tests: If thrombosis is suspected, the doctor may recommend blood coagulation tests to check the risk of blood clots.
  6. Tests for autoimmune diseases: If vasculitis or other autoimmune diseases that can affect the blood vessels are suspected, the doctor may recommend tests for autoantibodies or other markers of inflammation.
  7. Vascular provocation: In some cases, the doctor may recommend vascular provocation testing to assess how the arteries respond to certain stimuli (for example, cold).
The decision on additional tests will depend on the specific symptoms and color doppler findings, as well as on the physician’s clinical assessment. The goal is to identify the cause of the blood flow problem and provide appropriate treatment to the patient.

Doppler ultrasound of the blood vessels in the arms – price:

Price for Doppler of the Hands Blood Vessels (Upper Extremities) is 6,900 dinars.