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Would a regular abdominal xray be able to see an abdominal aortic aneurysm?
18 doctors weighed in

Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
9 doctors agree
In brief: 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!

In brief: 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!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Dr. Janet Greenhut
Preventive Medicine
6 doctors agree
In brief: No, need ultrasound
An abdominal x ray doesn't show blood vessels so it's not used to detect aneurysms.
An abdominal ultrasound is usually done to screen for aortic aneurysms. Men who have ever smoked are advised to have an abdominal ultrasound between the ages of 65 and 75.

In brief: No, need ultrasound
An abdominal x ray doesn't show blood vessels so it's not used to detect aneurysms.
An abdominal ultrasound is usually done to screen for aortic aneurysms. Men who have ever smoked are advised to have an abdominal ultrasound between the ages of 65 and 75.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Dr. Linda Harris
While a regular abdominal XRay is not the test of choice to evaluate aneurysms, occasionally aneurysms may be seen on a regular film due to calcification in the aneurysm wall. This would then prompt further evaluation such as an ultrasound or CT scan.
Dr. Janet Greenhut
Thanks, Dr. Harris.
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
4 doctors agree
In brief: Sometimes
Only if walls of the aneurysm are calcified.
Ultrasound and ct scan are best ways to image.

In brief: Sometimes
Only if walls of the aneurysm are calcified.
Ultrasound and ct scan are best ways to image.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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