What to expect before, during and after an MRI scan
If you’ve never experienced a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan before, you might be anxious about what to expect.
An ultrasound uses high-frequency sound waves and a monitor to create images of blood vessels, tissues and organs. For an abdominal ultrasound, physicians evaluate the blood flow through the abdominal aorta, as well as direct imaging of the blood vessel wall to determine if you have an aneurysm.
A transducer (ultrasound probe) is placed on your abdomen and slowly moved from one area to another. The transducer receives sound waves bouncing back from the abdomen and projects the image onto the monitor. The technician is able to evaluate the blood flow in the abdominal aorta. In addition, the technician will give your doctors information regarding the size of an aortic aneurysm, if there is one, as well as information about the appearance of the blood vessel wall. This helps to determine treatment of the aneurysm.
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