The purpose of this test is to evaluate the functioning of blood vessels which bring blood from the heart to your lower legs and feet. This test will help us determine if you have decreased blood flowing to these areas which may be preventing your wound from healing.
An Arterial Doppler / Segmental Pressure test is performed in the Radiology Department at Alameda Hospital. The test involves having several blood pressure cuffs placed on your leg, starting at your thigh and working down your leg to your foot. This test may also involve having a small amount of clear gel placed on your leg so that an ultrasound probe may be touched to the skin to create a picture of what the blood vessels look like on the inside.
An Arterial Doppler/ Segmental Pressure is a painless test, without side effects, and takes about one hour to complete.