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The regular abdominal xray. Can you see an aortic aneurysm if I had one?

The regular abdominal xray. Can you see an aortic aneurysm if I had one?

No: Usually not unless there was calcification in the artery walls that shows up on plain film. Otherwise ct scan. ...Read more

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Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Aortic Aneurysm (Definition)

Aortic aneurysm is a medical condition in which there is an balloon like outpouching in the wall of the aorta, which is the largest blood vessel in the body. Most commonly, this aneurysm occurs in the segment of the aorta that runs through the abdomen. Rupture can lead to massive ...Read more


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The abdominal X-ray can see an aortic aneurysm if I had one, right?

The abdominal X-ray can see an aortic aneurysm if I had one, right?

Nope: Only if it is calcified. The best test is an ultrasound. That can follow the aorta and is commonly used to monitor the aneurysm. A ct scan can see it as well, but is much more expensive. ...Read more

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Would a routine, regular abdominal X-ray be able to detect an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

If calcified.: If the wall of the aneurysm is calcified it may be possible to see it on a regular abdominal x-ray especially if a transtable view is obtained. ...Read more

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Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

Can chest xray see abd aortic aneurysm?

No: A cxr generally extends down to the upper abdomen. The stomach and liver can be seen, but vascular structures in the abdomen are difficult to see. ...Read more

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Can an aortic aneurysm be seen in a chest x-ray?

Can an aortic aneurysm be seen in a chest x-ray?

Sometimes: If you have a widened mediastinum , that may indicate that you have a thoracic aortic aneurysm. ...Read more

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Upper back pain have had thoracic x-ray. Would aortic aneurysm show if present on pic. Thank you?

Upper back pain have had thoracic x-ray. Would aortic aneurysm show if present on pic. Thank you?

May or maynot: Depending on the x-ray and the amount of radiation etc, it may or may no show on a regular x-ray. If concerned, let your dr. Know and there are more definitive tests to assess for aneurysms than a routine x-ray of the thoracic back area. ...Read more

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Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?

Get an Ultrasound: Plain x-rays use ionizing radiation and can miss many aneurysms - only images the ones that have a lot of calcium in them (many don't have calcium at all). Ultrasound uses sound waves and sees just about every aneurysm so it's the very best screening test! ...Read more

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Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Visiting cardioligist, will they be able to see if I have an aortic aneurysm?

Maybe: Aortic aneurysms are difficult to detect by physical exam. If someone has risk factors for aneurysm (age >65 and family history of aneurysm, history of smoking or hypertension) then we advise an abdominal ultrasound for screening. ...Read more

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Aortic aneurysm anxiety. Is this one of the worst health issues? Like a timebomb

Aortic aneurysm anxiety. Is this one of the worst health issues? Like a timebomb

No,should not: Elective ( means not as in ruptured one ) aortic surgery has excellent result , with very low mortality. Recently more and more cases are being done by endovascular stents with out opening abdomen ( similar to coronary stents) observation for small aneurysms , surgery only if size is increasing, may be causing anxiety. ...Read more

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Are there warning signs for an aortic aneurysm? Any ways to prevent one? Is there an exam that shows if you are susceptible to one?

Perhaps: Positive family history, marfans or connective tissue disease, hypertension, smoking, no absolute predictors, but good accurate exams and imaging are available. Aneurysm can affect any part of the aorta - chest, abdomen pelvis and any named vessel! so full history and exams are relevant. ...Read more

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Aorta (Definition)

The aorta is the largest artery in the body, leaving directly from the left ventricle of the heart to supply blood to the entire body. It is made of elastic tissue layers called "intima" and is subject to damage by high blood pressure, smoking, cholesterol, ...Read more


Dr. Shadi Abu Halimah
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Aneurysm (Definition)

An aneurysm is a condition where there is weakness in the wall of a blood vessel. A clot can form in the vessel as the vessel widens or expands. An artery with an aneurysm can ...Read more