Abdominal aortic ultrasound is a painless, non-invasive procedure used to diagnose a variety of conditions including an aortic aneurysm, blood clots and narrowing of vessels. St. Joseph's Heart & Vascular Institute provides exceptional diagnostics for our heart and vascular patients. Our physicians use the latest technology to ensure an accurate diagnosis so we can provide you with the best course of treatment available.
Abdominal aortic ultrasound is an imaging test that uses sound waves to form pictures of your abdominal aorta. Using a Doppler ultrasound, images are taken in real-time, so they can show the structure and movement of the body's internal organs, as well as blood flowing through blood vessels. Doppler ultrasound is a special ultrasound technique that evaluates blood as it flows through a blood vessel, including the body's major arteries and veins.
Before the test:
Medicare offers a free screening to check for abdominal aortic aneurysm. Qualified seniors are eligible for a one-time AAA ultrasound screening. This screening is authorized for at-risk patients – men and women with a family history of AAA and men aged 65 to 75 who have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in their lifetime.