Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound
The aorta is the largest and most important blood vessel in the body, as it pumps oxygenated blood throughout the body. Ultrasound imaging of the aorta is highly useful in detecting blockages, narrowing or aneurysms (bulging) within the aorta. This procedure is often used to screen for and detect signs of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), a condition in which the walls of the abdominal aorta become weak and begin to expand outward. Ultrasound is a noninvasive, painless procedure that can help screen for this serious condition in patients over the age of 60 or those with a family history of AAA.