What is an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Ultrasound?

v_aaaJohn Hopkins Hospital defines an abdominal aorta ultrasound as a non-invasive, painless test that uses high-frequency sound waves to generate images of your aorta, the main blood vessel leading away from the heart. An abdominal ultrasound identifies the presence of an aortic aneurysm and can also be used to check for other diseases that affect your kidneys, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Most abdominal aortic aneurysms are asymptomatic, not detectable on physical examination, and silent until discovered during a screening test. The danger lies in the risk of the aneurysm rupturing; ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysms have a greater than 90 percent mortality rate. Early detection with abdominal aortic aneurysm screenings are the key to successful treatment and a longer life.

The Mayo Clinic states an abdominal ultrasound might be recommended if you have health issues with another organ in your abdomen.

Are You At Risk?