Doppler blood flow analysis of erectile function: who, when, and how

Urol Clin North Am. 2011 May;38(2):147-54. doi: 10.1016/j.ucl.2011.03.003.


The underlying processes in vasculogenic erectile dysfunction (ED) are arterial insufficiency, venoocclusive disease, or combinations of both. Doppler blood flow analysis is a diagnostic modality useful in elucidating the cause of ED and the magnitude of its severity. This article describes the procedural techniques, typical findings, and relevant pathophysiology for in-office Doppler studies. Specific conditions include arterial insufficiency, venous occlusive disease, Peyronie's disease, and priapism.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / diagnostic imaging*
  • Impotence, Vasculogenic / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Patient Selection
  • Penile Erection / physiology*
  • Penis / blood supply*
  • Penis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Regional Blood Flow / physiology
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler / methods*