What is this scan for?  


Abdominal aorta is the large blood vessel (artery) that passes down the back of the chest and abdomen. An abdominal aortic aneurysm is a swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta. Usually this causes no symptoms unless it bursts (ruptures) however, a ruptured aneurysm is often fatal.    


What does this scan show?  


Find or monitor an aneurysm in the aorta. An aneurysm may cause a large, pulsing lump in the abdomen.    


The Ultrasound Scan Procedure  


Ultrasound is safe, non-invasive and does not use ionizing radiation. During the ultrasound scan the sonographer will place a warm water-based gel on the area to be examined, and will then press firmly on the skin with an ultrasound probe, moving it around until they have obtained the desired images. The ultrasound scan has no known risks and is usually pain free. When the scan is completed the gel can be wiped off easily using tissue.  

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