Aorta Sonogram

The purpose of the test is to assess the size of the aortic vessel to determine if there is an aneurysm or bulge in the aorta (much like a bulge on an over-inflated inner tube) or to monitor the size of known aneurysms.

Following are some frequently asked questions about the test and how to prepare for it. Click on the question for the answer, which will appear below the questions.

What will happen during the test?

This test will take approximately 1 hour. A technician will place placing a transducer on your abdomen with a small amount of ultrasound gel. The transducer sends sound waves through your abdomen to the aorta and back. Then with the aid of computers software and a monitor we are able to image the aorta and display it on a monitor in front of you.

In conjunction with this imaging we will assess the blood flow with both pulsed Doppler and Color Flow Doppler, which measure the speed and direction of the blood flow. By assigning color to the direction of blood flow—called Color Flow Mapping—large areas of blood flow may be studied, which allows abnormal blood flow characteristics to be interpreted by the cardiologist.

After you leave the laboratory the technologist will document measurements from the images. A Legacy Heart Center physician will review the images and measurements. If you have had a previous study the results will be compared.

What is the preparation for the test?

Please wear a two piece outfit.

Please do not wear boots, jumpsuits, overalls, or a dress.

Please do not eat or drink anything 8 hours prior to the test.

If you routinely take any medications take them as prescribed with a small amount of water.

What should I bring with me for the aorta sonogram appointment?

Insurance Card
Referral for the test if required by your insurance company

Where will the test be performed?

The test will be performed at:

Legacy Heart Center
6601 Preston Road
Plano, Texas 75024
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Once your appointment has been scheduled it is very important that you keep that appointment. If you are unable to keep the appointment, you must give the office at least 24 hours notice that you will not be there. Please contact us at the phone number above. Our busy schedule requires tight scheduling restrictions, and it would be appreciated if you would notify our office if you will be late for your appointment. We would appreciate your complete cooperation.

Who will give me the test results?

After a review of the test, your medical history, other imaging modalities and previous tests by a Legacy Heart Center cardiologist, a report will be sent to the ordering physician. The ordering physician will then review the results and discuss them with you.