An ultrasound in the abdomen focused on the aorta (the main blood vessel that runs from your heart into your stomach cavity) is called the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) ultrasound.
The sonographer would be looking for a bulge or swelling on the aorta indicating the aorta may rupture or leak and need repair. Being a smoker greatly increases your chances of having the bulge or swelling of the aorta.
The AAA is covered once in a lifetime for Medicare patients 65 and older
What happens during the Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Evaluation
- The sonographer will apply a small amount of gel on your abdomen.
- The transducer will then be pressed onto your abdomen, aimed towards the aorta.
- The transducer will relay the pictures back to the ultrasound machine where they are recorded.
- Once completed, these pictures of the aorta will be transferred to the Radiologist who will interpret them and provide your doctor with a report and result.