What to expect from a AAA Ultrasound test

By BarryE Latest Reply 2008-06-13 06:35:49 -0500
Started 2008-06-13 00:53:29 -0500

This coming week, my doctor scheduled me for a test called a AAA Ultrasound. From my original blood tests that he diagnosed me with diabetes last month, he found that I have high cholesterol (216) and a high lipid count. I had explained to him that after a few hours of being on my feet whether at work or anywhere, my lower legs and my feet start to pain me. From what I was able to find online, this test seems to be a diagnostic to scan for an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysym. Admittedly this has me a little scared as my father had an aortic aneurysym that eventually did him in.

Has anyone here been through this test?

Thanks Everyone.

5 replies

Dancehawk 2008-06-13 04:30:46 -0500 Report

I had one done on my kiddneys last month, It is a easy procedure, and the great thing about the test is they can catch stuff early enough to treat us,

If you feel stressed or nervous just think of us all being there with you.
uhhhm well not in the room cause they need room to work and it would be very crowded, hehehe!
we are with you in spirt!!!!!


BarryE 2008-06-13 04:44:48 -0500 Report

Thanks dance!

morris.js 2008-06-13 06:35:49 -0500 Report

I can tell you from my personal experience that you having told your doc about the problems, and he scheduled the test is a very good thing indeed. In my case, "routine" test found me to have some serious blockages going on in the arteries around my heart. Had they not done the tests, I would have been gone in about 6 months…that was in 2003. And look at me now, still here to bother all you folks… hee hee
Catching things before they become true emergencies is always good. This way you and your doc can either see or eliminate things at to what is causung the problems for you.
You have a big group of people right here supporting you. Make sure you keep us all posted! John

tmana 2008-06-13 01:44:55 -0500 Report

I've not been scanned for that particular issue, but I have had a number of ultrasound tests (and am scheduled for a cardiac ultrasound tomorrow).

You may, or may not, have restrictions on food and beverage prior to the test — I'm not sure what contrast is needed to get a good scan in that area.

You will be bare skin, on an examination table, and asked to lie in one or more particular positions so that the abdominal aorta is as close as possible to the sensor the technician will be using. The sensor itself looks a bit like a pestle or a mini massager. The technician will coat you, and/or it, with a conducting gel. It has the consistency of loose jello and is cold and slightly sticky.

The sensor is pressed into you fairly firmly in order to get a good reading. The technician will move the sensor around while looking at a computer screen that shows the live ultrasound image. Several times during the examination, you will hear clicks as the technician freezes and saves particular frames, changes current settings, and changes views (and location of the sensor).

The procedure should be painless, though not comfortable.

At the end of the procedure, the technician will give you some towels to wipe off the gooey conducting gel.

Because it is an abdominal scan, you may want to take along an extra pair of briefs (technicians like to keep your dignity and have you not do any more undressing than necessary, but the gel wets everything!). OTOH, if you find the gel remnants too sticky, you may just want to go straight home, shower, and change clothes completely.

Your doctor should have the results in about a week. Generally you will get a call from the office asking you to schedule a follow-up consultation.