Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound

Abdominal Aorta Ultrasound

B-mode imaging is used to look inside the abdominal aorta, which is the large blood vessel that passes down the back of the chest and abdomen, supplying blood to the lower part of the body and the legs. 

A bi-directional doppler determines blood flow velocities. This test is used to find, measure, or monitor an aneurysm in the aorta, which if left undetected may rupture and cause death.

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General Preparation Information

Each imaging exam has its own guidelines. Special instructions for your exam will be given at the time of scheduling. For certain procedures, we will contact you 24-48 hours prior to your exam with specific preparation instructions. The following are general guidelines that apply to all imaging exams:

  • Notify your physician and our staff if there is any chance that you may be pregnant and/or are currently breastfeeding.
  • Discuss any special needs – such as dietary and/or physical limitations – with us in advance.
  • Ask us about recovery time in advance, and let us know if you require a driver so that you can make the necessary arrangements with work and/or family.
  • Wear comfortable, metal-free clothing. Be prepared to change into a patient gown if necessary.
  • Arrive 20 minutes in advance to verify your registration information and provide any additional health information before your exam.
  • Bring prior x-rays or scans with you to the exam if you are instructed to do so.

Upper Abdominal & Retroperitoneal Ultrasound Preparation Information

  • The patient must not have anything to eat starting four hours before the exam.


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