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Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound Dayton, OH

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

Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound What to Expect

How Do I Prepare for an abdominal aorta ultrasound?

In most cases, your physician will ask you to fast 12 hours before your ultrasound. This requirement fully ensures that the images we take are clear and accurate. Food and liquid in the abdomen can make it difficult for the technician to get a clear image of the aorta and surrounding area. If images come out blurry or out-of-focus, we may retake them for the most accurate results.

How is an abdominal aorta ultrasound done?

This procedure can be done in a hospital or the physician’s office. First, you may be asked to change into a gown to allow for proper access to the abdomen. You will then be instructed to lie on a medical exam table. Our technician will use a wand-like device called a transducer to take photos of your abdomen area. This process is non-invasive and painless. We do not go into your body with the device. Our technician¬†will apply gel to the transducer wand and carefully glide the transducer over your abdomen to produce images. The wand uses ultrasound waves to take the photos and transfer then to a computer.

The technician will monitor the flow of blood through the aorta and asses the area for any abnormalities. Our physician will examine the results from the ultrasound and determine if further testing or treatment is needed.