Abdominal Aorta Scan
A Noninvasive Diagnostic for Aortic Aneurysms
Aneurysms are bulges in arteries, the blood vessels that deliver blood from your heart to the rest of your body. If undetected, an aneurysm, which occurs when blood pushes against a weakened or injured artery wall, can burst and cause death. The most common type of an aneurysm affects the aorta, the artery that runs through the chest and abdomen.
Because aortic aneurysms are often symptom-free, effective abdominal aorta scans are key to early detection and successful intervention. At Brookhaven Heart, our cardiologists use a noninvasive abdominal aorta ultrasound to find and treat aneurysms before serious problems occur.
Understanding Aortic Aneurysms
An abdominal aortic aneurysm is most commonly caused when plaque buildup in the aorta prevents blood from flowing freely and efficiently from the heart to the abdomen and legs. Blood stagnates in the vessel and forces the aortic wall to bulge under pressure.
Detection Aids Treatment
Diagnostic tests are crucial for finding and addressing aortic aneurysms. An ultrasonic abdominal aorta scan can show the location and size of an aneurysm with an accuracy rate as high as 98 percent. While aortic aneurysms rarely cause obvious outward symptoms, ultrasonic scans provide a highly reliable way to identify bulges and prevent fatal ruptures.
Why do patients need Abdominal Aorta Scan test?
Patients with risk factors for aortic aneurysms can benefit from an annual abdominal aorta scan test.Aortic aneurysms tend to be more common among older people who are 65 years of age or over. Each year, approximately 15,000 Americans die of a ruptured aortic aneurysm. When detected in time, an aortic aneurysm can usually be repaired with surgery. A painless ultrasound scan is the easiest way to detect an AAA (abdominal aortic aneurysm). The size of an aneurysm can also be measured by ultrasound. Sometimes a doctor feels the bulge of an aneurysm during a routine examination of the abdomen. However, many AAAs are too small to feel.
What is an Abdominal Aorta Scan?
A painless, non-invasive procedure, an abdominal aortic aneurysm screening requires you to lie on your back while a technician uses ultrasound to take images and measurements of your abdominal aorta. Ultrasound imaging of the aorta is useful for measuring its size to screen for AAA. Screening is particularly recommended for men over the age of 60 who have ever smoked and for anyone with a family history of AAA. In addition to screening, ultrasound is also a useful tool after the diagnosis of AAA to monitor its size on a regular basis to see if it needs to be repaired.
How much does the Abdominal Aorta Scan cost?
Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a one-time abdominal aortic aneurysm ultrasound. You must get a referral for it from your doctor. People with Part B who are at risk. You’re considered at risk if you meet one of these criteria: You have a family history of abdominal aortic aneurysms. You’re a man, aged 65 to 75 and have smoked at least 100 cigarettes in your lifetime. If you have questions about other payment options or would like to know if you have the risks factors to necessitate an Abdominal Aorta Scan, give us a call today to learn more about the test.
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