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Would abdominal aorta aneurysm show up on a abdominal x-ray?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. Marco Paliotta
Surgery - Thoracic
4 doctors agree
In brief: Not reliable test.
If an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) has been present for a long time, calcium deposits in wall of the AAA may be visible on x-ray but this is unreliable.
An ultrasound or ct scan are better, excellent, studies to diagnose an aaa.

In brief: Not reliable test.
If an abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) has been present for a long time, calcium deposits in wall of the AAA may be visible on x-ray but this is unreliable.
An ultrasound or ct scan are better, excellent, studies to diagnose an aaa.
Dr. Marco Paliotta
Dr. Marco Paliotta
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
3 doctors agree
In brief: Infrequently
Most abdominal aortic aneurysms will not show up on a plain x-ray.
In fact, these may not even show up on a fluoroscopic angiogram (an xray taken with special dye that shows the outline of blood flow in an artery). The best screening test is a duplex ultrasound of the abdomen. Infrequently, an aneurysm will be calcified and be seen on plain x-ray -- but many more will be missed on x-ray alone!

In brief: Infrequently
Most abdominal aortic aneurysms will not show up on a plain x-ray.
In fact, these may not even show up on a fluoroscopic angiogram (an xray taken with special dye that shows the outline of blood flow in an artery). The best screening test is a duplex ultrasound of the abdomen. Infrequently, an aneurysm will be calcified and be seen on plain x-ray -- but many more will be missed on x-ray alone!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Thank
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