Aorta (aortic aneurysm) Ultrasound Scan

Aorta Scan: Normal

Aorta Scan: Normal

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
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