Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound An Overview
An abdominal aorta ultrasound evaluates the blood flow through the aorta. The abdominal aorta ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive test that produces sound waves to create images of the aorta. The aorta is the main blood vessels that lead to the heart.
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 make recommend regular screening and testing to monitor the condition.
Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound What to Expect
How To Prepare
In most cases, your physician will ask you to fast 12 hours before your ultrasound to ensure the images 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.
What To Expect
You may be asked to change into a gown to allow for proper access to the abdomen. During the abdominal aorta ultrasound, you will lie on your back on an exam table. The technician will apply gel to the transducer and carefully glide the transducer over the abdomen to produce images.
The technician will monitor the flow of blood through the aorta and asses the area for any abnormalities. Your physician will examine the results from the ultrasound and determine if further testing or treatment is needed.