An Aortic Endoluminal Graft Ultrasound is an ultrasound scan of the endoluminal graft that you have in your aorta.
It is important to monitor the graft you have in your aorta which has treated your abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). There are occasions when flow persists in the aneurysm sac and this may result in the AAA increasing in size. The graft can also develop narrowings and this can affect blood flow to the legs.
- You will be taken to a private room where a sonographer will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
- You will be asked to remove clothing to access your abdomen and to lie down on a couch (bed).
- Gel is placed on the area of interest so that the sound waves can pass through to the relevant vessels. The arteries above and below the endoluminal graft are examined. You will feel some pressure on your abdomen. It is important to keep your “tummy” relaxed.
- You will hear the Doppler ultrasound from time to time as it makes a pulsing noise.
- The examination takes forty-five minutes