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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm

Why take this scan: Abdominal pain, Back pain, Leg pain

What this scan can detect: Abdominal aortic aneurysm, Monitor aortic dilation

Body parts scanned: Aorta

Appointment: 30 mins

Age: Over 17 years

The Aortic Aneurysm Scan

The abdominal aorta scan is available for male and female patients over the age of 45.

Why take an abdominal aorta scan?

A patient would take this type of scan should they wish know the size of the aorta, and check to see if it is enlarged. An aneurysm is defined as a localized, blood-filled bulge in the wall of a blood vessel

How to prepare for the abdominal aorta scan?

This scan requires 4 hours of fasting. However, clear fluids are allowed, including black tea and coffee.

If you have diabetes, food intake is allowed, with the avoidance of fat products or dairy products.

What can I expect from the abdominal aorta scan?

The sonographer will us the probe to scan you abdominally only.

We use gently warmed Ultrasound Gel to help you relax, and make you feel comfortable during your scan.

About ultrasound

Ultrasound has been used for the last 40 years successfully. No proven risk are known to date. For updated information see College of Radiographers & BMUS.

Ultrasound Clinic is committed to ensure that your scan is being carried out safely.

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