Diagnostic Tests & Procedures
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Aorta and Renal Arteries

Within the abdomen, the aorta and its branches are susceptible to diseases that narrow or enlarge them. The problems can cause high blood pressure, kidney failure, or dangerous enlargement of the aorta called an aneurysm.

Depending on your risk factors or your exam, your doctor may ask you to have a scan of the abdominal aorta or its branches with a duplex ultrasound. For example, scanning of the arteries to the kidney (renal arteries) can be a very useful test in patients with difficult-to-control high blood pressure/hypertension. This study is painless and non-invasive.

What to expect:

  • We generally schedule these for the morning and ask you to fast. To obtain the sharpest pictures, a technician will examine your abdomen with a transducer and a water-soluble gel. The recorded images will be reviewed later by a physician. The test takes from 60 to 90 minutes, depending on the patient and type of images needed. You do not need to hold your medications.
  • Depending on the results of this test you may go on to a CT or MRA scan. Some patients may even require an invasive procedure.
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