Abdominal Vascular Imaging

What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening?

Abdominal aortic aneurysm is a condition in which the lining of the blood vessel called the aorta is enlarged. Because abdominal aortic aneurysms are likely to tear if they reach 5 cm in diameter, monitoring is important for preventing a rupture. Ultrasound can be used to screen for presence of abdominal aortic aneurysm. Ultrasound screening is a painless, safe, and accurate way to detect abdominal aortic aneurysm and is available to those who meet certain criteria.

Who Needs Screening?

  • Men and women with a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Men age 65 to 75 who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime. 
  • Men and women with other identified risk factors

Preparing for your Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

  1. Wear a comfortable 2-piece outfit consisting of lose clothing.
  2. Fast for 4 hours prior to your screening.
  3. Make sure the meal you eat 4 hours prior to your screening is a light one.
  4. You may drink small amount of clear liquid during your fast.
  5. If you take medication, take it as prescribed