An aortic aneurysm screening is an exam to see if an aneurysm (an abnormal bulging of the vessel wall) has developed the in wall of the abdominal aorta, a large blood vessel that exits from the heart to supply blood to your entire body. The main risks associated with aortic aneurysm are rupture, dissection (tears between aortic wall layers), and blood clots. A ruptured aortic aneurysm is a life-threatening situation, which is why a screening is recommended for those at risk.
Aortic aneurysm screening is done before symptoms are present to detect a problem before serious complications occur. Ultrasound is a safe, non-invasive way to detect abdominal aortic aneurysms, and the procedure does not expose you to ionizing radiation (X-rays). The exam uses a special probe called a transducer that transmits and receives sound waves to visualize the aorta shape, contour, and blood flow.
More basic information on ultrasound is available in the About Ultrasound section.
If detected early, abdominal aortic aneurysm can be corrected before life-threatening rupture occurs. Risk factors for abdominal aortic aneurysm are:
The US Preventative Task Force abdominal aortic aneurysm screening recommendations are:
Ask your doctor if abdominal aortic aneurysm screening is appropriate for your age and risk profile.
To schedule aortic aneurysm screening, please call our scheduling team at (512) 453-6100 or toll free at (800) 998-8214. A provider referral is required to make an appointment.
A radiologist, a physician specifically trained to interpret radiological examinations, will analyze the images and send a signed report to the provider who referred you to ARA. The physician will then share the results with you. Your report will also be available on the patient portal within 3 business days.
If you are getting your ultrasound at ARA and want to know more,...
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