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Everything You Need to Know About Abdominal Aorta Ultrasounds

An abdominal aorta ultrasound will determine your risk for an abdominal aortic aneurism. The screening is fast and painless, and can ultimately save your life.

What is an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

The aorta is the largest artery in the body that carries blood away from the heart. The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body as well as the main artery that originates in the heart.

An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a condition of the aorta where the wall thins and becomes dilated. AAA can be dangerous because patients often have no symptoms, and the aorta can rupture if it grows too large.

Ultrasound: Testing for Aortic Disease

At CORA, our ultrasound technologists perform abdominal ultrasounds- a quick, non-invasive screening tool used to determine if an AAA is present. The exam takes about 15 minutes to complete.

Who should consider screening?

  • Men aged 55 years with a family history of AAA, hypertension, or those who smoke
  • Men aged 65 years or older
  • Women aged 65 years or with a family history of AAA, hypertension, or those who smoke
  • Patients who are 50 or older and have a family history of aortic or peripheral artery aneurysm
  • Patients with a personal history of a peripheral aneurysm

How should I prepare for my screening?

Patients may be asked to fast for four hours before the exam. This allows our specialists to visualize the aorta better. We recommend wearing loose-fitting clothing.

CORA | Innovative Technologies, Expert Care

As a premier medical imaging provider, CORA commits to providing evidence-based care. When you choose CORA for your imaging needs, you’re choosing a team committed to the highest standards of care. Since 1947, we have never wavered from our mission – a strong commitment to excellence in patient care and outcomes.

We put you at the center of all we do. The American College of Radiology, the gold standard in medical imaging, accredits CORA’s imaging services. The accreditation process recognizes accomplishments including safety, quality assurance, and skilled medical personnel.

Other services CORA offers include:

To schedule an appointment, please call 541.382.9383.

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