Doppler Tests in Pregnancy-what every pregnant woman should know!

Dr. Avni K P Skandhan, MD, EDiR, is the consultant and Head of the Department of Radiology and Quality Chief at Aster MIMS at Kottakkal, Kerala. Dr Avni has been practising as a radiologist since 2012 and has a primary interest in Women’s imaging- Foetal and Gynaecological Imaging and Breast Radiology. Dr. Avni has been a Radiopaedia Editor since 2013 and is on the National Advisory board of MJ D Y Patil University medical journal. Dr. Avni has over 15 publications as a radiologist and during pre-radiologist period. 

Dr Avni answers curated questions on the Doppler test in pregnancy. These form part of a series of questions frequently asked by patients at the department and are shared as part of the health education and health literacy component of Samrakshan, a nationwide initiative of IRIA to reduce perinatal mortality in India. 

The Questions and Answers are provided in English, Hindi and Gujarati. 

My doctor says that I should have a Colour Doppler test. What is a Doppler test?

Doppler test is a simple technique which can determine the flow in the blood vessels of the mother and the baby and the vessels communicating these two. It is something like the blood pressure recording of the mother, this can be called as the pressure in the vessels of the baby.

मेरा डॉक्टर कहता है कि मुझे कलर डॉप्लर टेस्ट करवाना चाहिए। डॉपलर परीक्षण क्या है?

डॉपलर परीक्षण एक सरल तकनीक है जो मां और बच्चे के रक्त वाहिकाओं में प्रवाह को निर्धारित कर सकती है और ये दोनों संचार करती हैंI  यह माँ के रक्तचाप की रिकॉर्डिंग की तरह है, इसे शिशु के धमनियाँ में दबाव कहा जा सकता है।

મારા ડક્ટર કહે છે કે મારે કલર ડોપ્લર પરીક્ષણ કરાવવો જોઈએ. ડોપ્લર પરીક્ષણ શું છે?

ડોપ્લર પરીક્ષણ એ એક સરળ તકનીક છે જે માતા અને બાળકની રક્ત વાહિનીઓના પ્રવાહ અને આ બંનેને સંપર્ક કરતા વાહિનીઓને નિર્ધારિત કરી શકે છે. તે માતાના બ્લડ પ્રેશર રેકોર્ડિંગ જેવું કંઈક છે, આને બાળકના વાસણોમાં દબાણ તરીકે કહી શકાય.

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