Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) Screening
- SAME Day or NEXT Day Appointments
- FREE consultation to make sure this is the right scan for you
- Performed by a CONSULTANT RADIOLOGIST
- COST: £150.00
A single abdominal aortic ultrasound scan is recommended for men between the ages of 65 and 75 who have a history of regular smoking at some point in their lifetime. On the other hand, routine screening for abdominal aortic aneurysms isn’t recommended for women.
More about abdominal aortic aneurysms
Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA) is a swelling of the aorta – the main artery supplying blood to the gut and lower limbs.
AAA is not a common disorder.
Between 2%-13% of men and 6% of women over the age of 65 are diagnosed with AAA.
AAA is more likely in people over the age of 65 but has also been known to occur in 1 in 1000 people between the ages of 60 and 65 years old.
The most common symptoms of AAA are experiencing a sudden pain in the abdomen or back, a pain that may spread from the abdomen or back to the pelvis, legs or buttocks, clammy/sweaty skin, increased heart rate, and shock or loss of consciousness.
The main risk associated with a AAA is sudden rupture. In most cases if one does not get to hospital quickly enough and more importantly, if it’s presence is not known beforehand, can lead to death. The most common tests for AAA are abdominal ultrasound, CT scan or MRI.
If AAA can be diagnosed early, yes it can be curable.
If treatment is possible the most common options are open abdominal surgery to remove the damaged section of the aorta and replace it with a grafted tube, or by an endovascular repair.
Risks of AAA screening
Abdominal ultrasound is a safe procedure and has no known risks.
How to prepare
Ideally you should avoid food for 8 hours prior to your scan. We understand that this may of course not be very practical, especially if you are coming from work. Therefore, if possible, please try to skip lunch. Food in your stomach can make it difficult for the sonographer to generate clear images. In general you should continue to take your regular medication.
What you can expect
An ultrasonographer will perform your scan. A small amount of ultrasound gel is applied to your abdomen. The gel enables the ultrasound device to provide better images.
The sonographer will gently press an ultrasound probe against your tummy, moving it back and forth. A standard ultrasound scan takes around 20 minutes to complete. It’s usually painless. However, it is not uncommon to experience some discomfort if the sonographer is required to press down on areas where you may have some pain. We always try to ensure you are comfortable at all times.
The sonographer will prepare a written report immediately after your scan. You can wait for the written report and should you wish a copy of your scan images can be sent to you via email so you have them to hand at all times.
Follow up with Rejuvence Scans
We always recommend booking a consultation immediately after your scan with one of our doctors to discuss the results of your scan and to provide advice regarding any further investigations and/or treatment. Further investigations and treatment can include:
Referral to a specialist (Private/NHS*)
Referral for further imaging (CT/MRI)
* Please note that for referrals back to the NHS you will still have to go via your GP but Rejuvence Medical will provide a full report and cover letter in support of the referral.