Duplex San Abdominal Aorta

Duplex San Abdominal AortaThis test is an ultrasound of the abdominal aorta, the largest artery of the body; to exclude or document aneurysmal expansion or atherosclerotic plaque.  The aorta is the main artery from the heart through the chest and abdomen. An abdominal aortic aneurysm forms when the walls of this artery get weak and dilates. If the size of the aneurysm gets too large, you are at risk for the aorta to rupture, usually a life threatening condition.

Pre procedure instructions:
Nothing by mouth after midnight. You may take your medications with sips of water the morning of the test. You should wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing for your ultrasound. An open necked shirt or blouse is ideal. You will need to remove all clothing in the area to be examined.

What to expect:
For most ultrasound exams you are laying face up on an exam table. A gel is applied to the area of the body being studied to help the transducer make secure contact with the body and eliminate air pockets between the transducer and the skin. The technologist then presses the transducer firmly against the skin and sweeps it back and forth over the area to be examined. The test usually takes about 30 minutes.