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Abdominal Aorta Duplex scan

An abdominal aorta scan uses high-frequency sound waves to visualize the abdominal aorta. Using a specialized Doppler technique, we can also measure the movement of blood within the vessels. This provides detailed pictures of these blood vessels to help physicians determine if there is enlargement of the aorta.


Common Questions

  • Why would my physician recommend Abdominal Aorta scan?

    Your physician may recommend an Abdominal scan to detect an aortic aneurysm (enlargement of the aorta) or as an annual follow up of an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.

  • What do I need to do before my procedure?

    You will be given detailed instructions by our staff before your procedure. In general, do not eat, drink any dairy products or smoke anything after midnight the night before your procedure. Water and daily medication may be taken if necessary. Be sure to bring your insurance card, photo ID, list of current medications (dose and frequency) and any diagnostic testing results.

  • What should I expect during an Abdominal Aorta scan?

    You will lay face-up on a moveable exam table and you may be turned to either side. Warm gel is placed over the are to be tested and a probe is gently passed back and forth on your skin over the area to create and pick up sound waves, which are converted into an image on a screen. During the exam, you will hear the ultrasound machine reproduce your pulse as detected through the Doppler component of the exam.

  • What should I expect after an Abdominal Aorta scan?

    When the imaging is complete, the clear gel will be wiped off your skin. After the procedure, you may resume your normal activities immediately.

  • How do I schedule an Abdominal Aorta scan with Fairfax Vascular Center?

    Before scheduling an appointment, you will need to get a referral from your physician. Once you have a referral, you can schedule an appointment by calling 703.698.4475 Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm.

  • When are appointments offered for an Abdominal Aorta scan?

    Appointments are available at Fairfax Vascular Center Monday through Friday, 7am to 5pm. Learn more about this location.

Available at the following location

Fairfax Vascular Center

Fairfax Vascular Center

8505 Arlington Boulevard
Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22031
United States