Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound Scan
(At Select Clinics)

Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound Scan
Private Ultrasound Scan
Price: £85

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Key Features:

  • Evaluate the abdominal aorta and its branches for pathology
  • Screening for abdominal aortic aneurysm
  • Assess blood flow and detect stenosis or occlusion in abdominal vessels.

Why book a Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound Scan?

  • Screening for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA): Screening is particularly recommended for individuals at high risk of developing an aneurysm. This includes men aged 65 to 75 who have ever smoked, individuals with a family history of AAA, or those with other risk factors such as hypertension or atherosclerosis.
  • Evaluating Aortic Size and Contour: The scan can measure the diameter of the aorta to detect enlargement that may indicate the presence of an aneurysm. For known aneurysms, regular ultrasound scans are necessary to monitor their size and growth rate, guiding treatment decisions.
  • Assessing Aortic Wall Integrity: The scan can assess the thickness and condition of the aortic wall, which may be affected by atherosclerosis, which can weaken the wall structure. Ultrasound can help identify areas within the aorta where blood clots have formed, which can be a complication of AAA or atherosclerosis.
  • Post-Surgical Evaluation: For patients who have undergone surgery to repair an aneurysm or other aortic issues, ultrasound scans ensure the repair is stable and the aorta functions properly.
  • Symptomatic Assessment: If a patient presents with symptoms that could suggest aortic issues, such as unexplained severe abdominal or back pain, an ultrasound can help quickly assess whether the aorta may be involved.
Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound Scan

Booking an abdominal aorta ultrasound scan is a crucial preventative and diagnostic procedure used to evaluate the abdominal portion of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. An abdominal aorta scan is non-invasive, does not use ionising radiation, and provides real-time images that can be critical for the rapid diagnosis and ongoing management of aortic diseases. It’s a safe and effective way to help prevent one of the most dangerous vascular emergencies: a ruptured aortic aneurysm.

In Males & Females
Abdominal aorta ultrasound is an essential diagnostic tool for both males and females. However, there are specific considerations and epidemiological differences in how and why it is used across genders, such as higher risk factors and post-menopausal factors.