An aneurysm is an enlarged segment of an artery. If left untreated, this artery can rupture. Ruptured aortic aneurysm contributes to over 17,000
deaths every year. The most important risk factors associated with the development of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) include:
- 60+ years old
- Prior history of AAA
- Cigarette smoking
Your doctor may recommend this study if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Pulsating feeling near the abdomen
- Chronic pain in or near the abdomen
- Back pain
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) may not be detected on routine examinations, but ultrasound imaging provides a safe way to detect the presence of an aneurysm. This exam can also assess blood flow, and detect blockages or plaque buildup in the arteries.
There are some preparations necessary for this exam. Avoid the following substances for at least 7 hours prior to your exam:
- Food and beverages
A complete study usually takes about 1 hour.