Aortic Ultrasound

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.
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