Aortic Ultrasound is an exam that obtains images of the abdominal aorta by using sound waves. A hand-held transducer (probe) is used to create images of the aorta. It can assist in diagnosing problems, such as atherosclerotic disease and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA).
- Do not eat or drink after midnight for exams scheduled in the morning, nothing to eat or drink six hours before the exam if scheduled from noon into the afternoon.
- This includes chewing gum or smoking a cigarette as this will affect the exam.
- If you take medication in the morning, you may take it with a sip of water only.
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment with a prescription if your doctor has given one to you.
- You will lie on an exam table with your abdomen exposed.
- A non-greasy gel will be applied to your skin during the exam.
- The sonographer will use a hand-held transducer (probe) against your abdomen to obtain images of the aorta.
- The sonographer may ask you to hold your breath for a few seconds during the exam.
- You may be asked to change positions during the exam.
- Let the technologist know:
- If you have had any previous surgery.
- If you take any medication.