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Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Taking a closer look at the portion of the aorta in your abdomen using ultrasound technology.  

This test helps your physician determine if there is blockage, narrowing or an aneurysm (an enlargement or a “bulge”) in your aorta.  The aorta is the major artery that carries enriched blood from your heart. Ultrasound is used to obtain images of the aorta and the blood flow within. The test is non-invasive and should cause no significant discomfort.

What is the procedure for an abdominal aorta ultrasound?
An ultrasound device is moved over the abdomen (stomach) to obtain pictures of the aorta. Ultrasound waves are sent into the abdomen using an ultrasound device and ultrasound gel which aids in the transmission of the sound waves. The sound waves are transformed into a picture which allows for assessment of aorta size, shape and blood flow.

How to prepare? 
The night before:
• Do not eat gas producing foods such as broccoli, cabbage, beans, and fiber rich foods.
• Take Beano or Gas-X (you can obtain this over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store).
• Do not eat or drink 12 hours prior to test.
***If you are a diabetic call the office for specific instructions.

Morning of test:
• Do not eat.
***If you are a diabetic call the office for specific instructions.
• Take Beano or Gas-X (you can obtain this over the counter at your local pharmacy or grocery store).
• Drink ice water.
• Wear a shirt that can easily be removed. Wear loose fitting clothing.

How long is the test?
The test will take approximately 30 minutes.