Ultrasound for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA)

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Ultrasound is a scan using ultrasound waves to assess the main artery from the heart that supplies the abdomen and legs.

An Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a dilatation or ballooning of the abdominal aorta. Aneurysms are due to a weakening of the artery wall. A weak wall stretches and the artery becomes large. For more information please see our patient information brochure.

As there are a range of reasons why you are having this test, it is best discussed with your doctor.

The Procedure

  • You will be taken to a private room. A staff member will explain the procedure and answer any questions you may have.
  • You will be asked to remove clothing from your abdominal area.
  • Gel is placed on the area of interest so that sound waves can pass through to the relevant vessels. You will be lying on your back.
  • You will hear the Doppler ultrasound from time to time as it makes a pulsing noise.
  • This examination takes approximately 30 minutes.
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