Segmental Doppler Pressures and Doppler Waveform Analysis in Peripheral Vascular Disease of the Lower Extremities

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Abstract

The application of ultrasound to medicine is recent. The credit for first developing Doppler flow detectors goes to Satomura, whose clinical report appeared in 1959.1 However, until Strandness et al.2 popularized the use of transcutaneous flow detection to study peripheral vascular occlusive disease, the diagnosis or objective assessment of limb ischemia was dependent upon clinical examination, arteriography, or plethysmography. The development of the continuous wave or pulsed Doppler techniques opened a new field for the diagnosis of peripheral vascular occlusive disease.