Duplex Scan Abdominal Aorta

This test is an ultrasound of the abdominal aorta to exclude or document aneurismal diseases. 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 gets weak and dilates. If the size of the aneurysm gets to large, you are at risk for the aorta to rupture.

Pre and post instructions

Pre instructions:

  • Nothing by mouth after mid-night. You may take your medications with sips of water the morning of 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

Post procedure:

  • There are no post instructions.

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.
Aldrich Cardiovascular Institute
Call for an appointment:  941-359-8900