What do we check for on the scan?
The scan is performed trans-abdominally and you will be required to fast from eating and drinking for 6 hours prior to you appointment.
The scan will evaluate the size, shape, condition and measure the maximum diameter of the:
• Abdominal aorta
• Iliac arteries
Common problems which can show on the scan are:
• Aortic aneurysm
• NB: should an aneurysm be identified, both kidneys and renal arteries will also be evaluated
Common reasons for referral are:
• General health screening especially in men aged over 45
• Midline palpable mass
• Pulsating mass midline
• Detection of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA)
• Monitoring and follow-up assessment of an aortic dilation