Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening (AAA)
First View Imaging now offer Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm screening (AAA) which identifies abnormal enlargement of the main artery which transports blood from the heart.
An abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a swelling (aneurysm) of the aorta – the main blood vessel that leads away from the heart, down through the abdomen to the rest of the body. The abdominal aorta is the largest blood vessel in the body and is usually around 2cm wide – roughly the width of a garden hose. However, it can swell to over 5.5cm. Large aneurysms are rare, but can be very serious.
An Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (AAA) is where a section of the aorta artery begins to enlarge and ‘balloon’. Because Abdominal Aorta Aneurysms usually cause no symptoms, they tend to be diagnosed either as a result of screening or during a routine examination – for example, if a GP notices a pulsating sensation in your abdomen.
The screening test is an ultrasound scan, which allows the size of your abdominal aorta to be measured on a monitor. This is also how an aneurysm will be diagnosed if your doctor suspects you have one. However, if it becomes large, some people may develop a pain or a pulsating feeling in their abdomen (tummy) or persistent back pain.
An Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (AAA) doesn't usually pose a serious threat to health, but there’s a risk that a larger aneurysm could burst (rupture).During the screening, the aorta is viewed and measured for any possible ballooning. During the scan, measurements are taken of the aortic artery. Any measurement over 5.5cm will be considered at risk of rupturing and operation to repair the aorta will be advised. An Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (AAA) under 5.5 cm has a low risk of rupturing.
Approximately 4 in 100 men over the age of 65 develop an Abdominal Aorta Aneurysm (AAA) and 1 in 100 women. However most people are not aware they have one. It is for this reason that ultrasound screening is effective and important for diagnosis. Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms are rare in people under 60.
Contact First View Imaging in Hampshire to arrange an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Scan.
Aortic Aneurysm scanning costs £40. There is no pre-scan preparation required.