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Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening

These exams are performed with state of-the-art ultrasound equipment using high frequency sound waves. There is no radiation involved. All exams are performed by highly trained technologists and interpreted by onsite, board certified, specialized radiologists.

What we look for

This exam measures the largest diameter of the abdominal aorta and looks for any abnormal bulging or widening.

Why we look for it

The abdominal aorta is the largest artery in the abdomen and carries blood to all of the abdominal and pelvic organs and legs. Over time, the aortic walls can weaken and form a balloon-like aneurysm. The vast majority of people with AAA have no symptoms. However, the larger an aneurysm the more likely it is to rupture, causing profuse bleeding and often sudden death.

How you can use the results

Early detection and treatment, such as surgery, can reduce the risk of rupture 95% of the time.

 

People age 45 and older with one or more of the following risk factors:

  • Family history of arterial disease (stroke, abdominal aortic aneurysm or heart disease)
  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol consumption