An aortic ultrasound is a noninvasive examination that consists of imaging the aorta from the level of the lower chest down just past your belly button. The aorta is the main vessel that carries blood from your heart to your body.
The purpose of this examination is to identify if you have an aneurysm of your aorta and if so, to obtain measurements and determine the location within your aorta.
What to Expect: Upon arriving at the office, you will change into a gown. A technician will apply warm gel to your lower chest and abdomen. An imaging wand will be manipulated over the area being studied. Harmless sound waves are bounced off your aorta and then sent back, converting the images on a screen and digitally recorded. This examination does not require any needles, dyes or radiation. The test takes approximately 30-45 minutes.
Preparation: Do not eat or drink after midnight before the exam. You may take any medications needed that morning with as little water as possible. If you need to eat in the morning, please feel free to bring in something for after the examination.
Location: Vascular ultrasound examinations are currently being scheduled at our Farmington Hills’ and Novi offices.