The imaging department at Spire South Bank Hospital in Worcester offers Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Scanning for all who may be at risk of the condition.
A screen for aortic aneurysm is simple and pain free, but could be lifesaving
What is an abdominal aortic aneursym?
An aortic aneurysm is a swelling of the aorta in the abdomen. The aorta is the main artery that brings blood from the heart to the major organs of the body and the abdomen.
As people age, the wall of the aorta may weaken and this can cause the walls to expand and an aneurysm can form. A small aneurysm is not dangerous but it is important to be regularly monitored. A large aneurysm is more dangerous. If left untreated the wall of the aorta can give way and this can be fatal.
An aneurysm is most common in men over 65 years of age, and in men or women with a family history. The chance of having an aneurysm increases with age and may also increase if you smoke or have high blood pressure.
If you have an aneurysm you will probably not know as there is no pain and you will not get any side-effects.
Do I need a GP referral?
No, you may refer yourself for this scan and an appointment can be made through our imaging department. If your GP feels this scan is necessary they are able to refer you.
However, if you are claiming through an insurance company they may prefer you to have a referral from your GP.
What does the test involve?
The test is an ultrasound scan that is carried out by a radiologist. The scan itself is painless and there are no side-effects.
The scan will show the radiologist a picture of the aorta and its size. From this the radiologist will be able to determine if there is an aneurysm.
The results will be shared with you immediately and the results will also be sent to your GP.