Duplex sonography added a new dimension to real-time sonographic imaging and can be used to characterize flow dynamics. Unfortunately, duplex sonography also has significant drawbacks, most of which are the result of the limited sampling ability of pulse-gated technology and the inability to provide a global display of Doppler information. Sonographic imaging of intraabdominal vessels has improved markedly with the advent of color Doppler techniques. This article reviews the use of color Doppler sonography in the evaluation of hepatic vessels. The complementary role of Doppler spectral analysis is also considered.