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Doppler Ultrasound of an Artery

Doppler Ultrasound of an Artery

Doppler ultrasound images of arteries

Courtesy of Intermountain Medical Imaging, Boise, Idaho.

Figure 1 shows a color Doppler ultrasound picture of blood flowing through a normal artery (red) and vein (blue). Figure 2 shows an ultrasound picture of an artery narrowed by the buildup of calcium and fat (cholesterol) in the inner lining of the artery, called plaque, which leads to "hardening of the arteries" (atherosclerosis).

By Healthwise Staff
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology
Last Revised November 29, 2012

Last Revised: November 29, 2012

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Howard Schaff, MD - Diagnostic Radiology

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