Aortic Aneurysm Screening
An aneurysm is a weakness in the wall of the artery , which may
lead to a rupture. Above the age of 50 years the incidence of
ruptured aneurysms increases significantly, particularly in those
people who have been or are tobacco smokers and those with high
One of the problems with aneurysms is that they are very often
‘silent’ or not normally detected and also there is a significant
risk, above a certain size rupture, which can lead to
severe shock even death.
Aneurysms of the abdominal aorta can be demonstrated with
Ultrasound without the use of radiation. Once detected it can be
measured and monitored regularly to follow its growth. If the size
or rate of growth causes concern then an elective operation can
performed which will prevent the sudden rupture of the aneurysm
and its consequences.