Abdominal Aortic Ultrasound

Description - An ultrasound of the abdominal aorta is a non-invasive, painless test that uses high frequency sound waves to image the aorta-the main blood vessel leading away from the heart. The aorta supplies oxygenated blood to the abdominal and pelvic organs and the legs. 


Indications: Abdominal Aortic ultrasound images are used to diagnose or follow up surgical treatment of Abdomial Aortic Aneurysm commonly referred to as AAA. When the walls of the abdominal aorta become weak, they may ballon outward. If the aorta reaches over 3cm in diameter it is then called an abdominal aortic aneurysm. As an anuerysm gets larger, the risk of possible rupture increases. Ultrasound imaging of the aorta is useful  for measuring the size of the aorta and following a diagnosis of AAA it is a useful tool for monitoring its size on a regular basis to evaluate the need for repair.

 

Procedure - The room is usually darkened for the exam. A gel is applied to the abdomial area to provide good contact for the handheld transducer. The transducer is placed on the abdomen and sound is sent into the body and is reflected off the structures or interest  and returned to the transducer. The echoes are converted  into images that can be visualized on a monitor. This procedure takes approximately 30 minutes.

 

Preparation - Nothing to eat or drink after midnight the night before the exam

* This test information is intended for educational purposes only. This should not replace medical advice from your healthcare provider. Please call your healthcare provider if you have any medical questions concerning your health. For any questions regarding procedures, please contact Advanced Diagnostic P.C. office at 989-799-5699