Transcranial Doppler Specialist

Westchester Neurological Consultants

Neurological Consultants located in Yonkers, NY

If you’re concerned about your risk of having a stroke, you could lower your risk with a simple transcranial Doppler (TCD) test. Emad Soliman, MD, MSc, is a skilled neurologist at Westchester Neurological Consultants in Yonkers, New York, who provides transcranial Doppler as a way to detect problems in your brain that could lead to stroke and other complications. To schedule this painless, noninvasive, diagnostic procedure, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Transcranial Doppler Q & A

What is transcranial Doppler ultrasound?

Transcranial Doppler (TCD) ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless way to evaluate the blood flow in your brain. Dr. Soliman may recommend a TCD test under the following circumstances:

  • After an ischemic stroke
  • Following a ruptured brain aneurysm
  • The presence of sickle cell anemia
  • A blockage in your blood vessels, or intracranial stenosis
  • A genetic hole in your heart that doesn’t close after birth

The transcranial Doppler ultrasound evaluates the blood supply to your brain and identifies any areas of poor circulation. The information Dr. Soliman gathers from TCD can help you take precautionary measures to prevent a future stroke or another serious health complication.

What happens during a transcranial Doppler test?

During TCD, inaudible sound waves travel through the tissue inside your skull and bounce off the blood cells moving within your blood vessels. Dr. Soliman sees this activity on a computer screen, recorded as sound waves, so he can interpret them and diagnose a wide range of conditions that pertain to blood circulation in and around your brain. You’re awake during the test, as Dr. Soliman and the medical team use transducers to send the sound waves into your head.

You’re able to hear your blood as it flows through your arteries, and the TCD records the information via ultrasound. This noninvasive, painless test may take about 30 minutes to complete while you lie or sit comfortably. There’s no risk of radiation or harmful side effects from a transcranial Doppler ultrasound test, so it’s safe for everyone.

What happens after the TCD test?

You're free to leave after your transcranial Doppler test. Dr. Soliman discusses his observations and findings with you and educates you regarding any areas of concern. The team at Westchester Neurological Consultants uses to conduct the transducer washes off easily, and since you won’t have to take any special medications, it’s safe for you to drive afterward, as well.

If you live in Yonkers or the greater New York City area and want to learn how a transcranial Doppler ultrasound test can help you prevent a future stroke, call Westchester Neurological Consultants or schedule an appointment online today.