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

18 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Surgery - Thoracic
10 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
Dr. Mario Matos-Cruz
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Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Get an ultrasound

Ultrasound is a superior test for detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms.
It is non-invasive and does not require ionizing radiation (it uses sound waves). If you're a smoker, have copd, high blood pressure, or a have a family member with an aneurysm ask if you should be screened. Abdominal x-ray is not a good test for detecting aneurysms- it relies on detecting calcium and misses many!

In brief: Get an ultrasound

Ultrasound is a superior test for detecting abdominal aortic aneurysms.
It is non-invasive and does not require ionizing radiation (it uses sound waves). If you're a smoker, have copd, high blood pressure, or a have a family member with an aneurysm ask if you should be screened. Abdominal x-ray is not a good test for detecting aneurysms- it relies on detecting calcium and misses many!
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
Dr. Rodeen Rahbar
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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Surgery - Vascular
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

If there is enough calcium in the wall of the aneurysm it may be able to be seen on plain x-ray.
The best screening method for an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta is an ultrasound. This is non invasive and easy to do.

In brief: Sometimes

If there is enough calcium in the wall of the aneurysm it may be able to be seen on plain x-ray.
The best screening method for an aneurysm of the abdominal aorta is an ultrasound. This is non invasive and easy to do.
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Dr. Khashayar Salartash
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Dr. Bradley Thomas
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Calcified aaa's can be seen on plain films but most would be very poorly seen.
Aaa's that are not causing symptoms are most often found when a physician is performing an imaging test, such as an ultrasound or ct scan, for another condition. Sometimes your physician may feel a large pulsing mass in your abdomen on a routine physical examination.

In brief: Sometimes

Calcified aaa's can be seen on plain films but most would be very poorly seen.
Aaa's that are not causing symptoms are most often found when a physician is performing an imaging test, such as an ultrasound or ct scan, for another condition. Sometimes your physician may feel a large pulsing mass in your abdomen on a routine physical examination.
Dr. Bradley Thomas
Dr. Bradley Thomas
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Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Maybe

If aneurysm calcified.
Ultrasound or ct scan best way to check.

In brief: Maybe

If aneurysm calcified.
Ultrasound or ct scan best way to check.
Dr. Michael Korona
Dr. Michael Korona
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