Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound An Overview
An abdominal aorta ultrasound evaluates the blood flow through the aorta. Your physician will require this test to diagnose patients that are at risk for abdominal aortic aneurysms. The abdominal aorta ultrasound is a simple, cost-effective, painless and non-invasive test. This common medical test uses ultrasound waves to produce diagnostic images of the aorta. The aorta pumps oxygen-rich blood from your heart to the rest of your body.
Why is an abdominal aorta ultrasound performed?
An abdominal aorta ultrasound is performed to measure the size of the aorta and to screen for abdominal aorta aneurysms. With an abdominal aorta ultrasound, a physician can closely monitor the aorta and asses a patients’ risk for aneurysm rupture. Some patients are at a higher risk of an aneurysm, so a physician may recommend regular screening and testing to monitor the condition.
What are abdominal aortic aneurysms?
An aortic aneurysm happens when there is a weakening of the aortic vessel wall. This weakened area becomes enlarged and causes a reaction. These aneurysms develop over many years, so you might not experience immediate symptoms.
Abdominal aortic aneurysm symptoms can include:
- A pulsating bulge in your abdomen
- Severe and sudden pain in your abdomen
- Severe and sudden pain in your back
- Increased heart rate
- Pain spreading from your abdomen or back to your pelvis, legs, or buttocks
- Sweaty skin
- Fainting; sudden loss of consciousness