Use of Doppler color flow imaging for differential diagnosis of vascular malformations: a preliminary report

J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 1995 Apr;53(4):369-74. doi: 10.1016/0278-2391(95)90706-8.


Purpose: To ascertain whether Doppler color flow imaging can demonstrate the characteristics of blood flow within vascular lesions.

Materials and methods: Two cases with vascular malformation in the soft tissues of the maxillofacial region were examined. One was an arteriovenous, high-flow type malformation involving the tongue, the floor of the mouth, and the mandible. The other was a venous, low-flow type malformation of the whole tongue. The technique used was the same as that for the extraoral approach in conventional ultrasound imaging.

Results: Doppler color flow imaging provided valuable information on the hemodynamic characteristics of the vascular malformations when comparing with other diagnostic forms of imaging, and clearly differentiated between high- and low-flow vascular lesions.

Conclusion: Doppler color flow imaging was suggested to be another method in our armamentarium for differential diagnosis of vascular malformations.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Angiography
  • Arteriovenous Malformations / diagnostic imaging*
  • Blood Flow Velocity
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mouth Floor / blood supply
  • Tongue / blood supply*
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler, Color*
  • Veins / abnormalities
  • Veins / diagnostic imaging